Police stations in Western Cape have 804 fewer officers than five years ago.
This has now been announced by the police chief in response to a question from Reagen Allen, former DA spokesman for community safety MEC , in March.
According to police, about 71% of the province’s 151 police stations have had their assigned police officers down.
Cape Town Operation The central police station stood out from 525 425, in Belhar from 103 to 94, in Lingelethu West from 40 to 34 and in Oudtshoorn from 310 to 286.
This week Ricardo Mackenzie, acting spokesman for the Western Cape Prosecutor’s Office on Community Safety, criticized the cuts.
“These numbers underscore once again the under-provisioning we face in the Western Cape in terms of allocations for our crime-fighting efforts,” he said.
“Reading the police operations in connection with the last recorded K Crime statistics between October and December 2021 is a range of trends emerging.”
Mackenzie said Cape Town headquarters saw a 30.8% increase in contact crime as usage declined. Belhar saw a 162.5% increase in homicides. Lingelethu West saw a 78.9 percent increase in residential robberies. And Oudtshoorn saw a 146.2% increase in attempted homicides.
“In addition to these trends, the disparities in police-to-population ratios paint a worrying picture,” said Mackenzie.
“For example, Wynberg has a police to population ratio of 1:201, while Gugulethu has a ratio of 1:773. Even if these ratios exclude specialized units, it still shows how inefficient the national SAPS are in determining the allocation of officers and resources to the communities that need them most.”
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