What is a Community Police Forum?
A Community Police Forum (CPF) is a forum that consists of organisations and institutions. For example, schools, mosques, churches, youth groups, ratepayers’ associations, civic organizations and businesses can become members of the Forum.
What is the Purpose of a CPF?
The purpose of a CPF is to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment for its citizens. Organisations, who want to make the community safe, are invited to join the CPF. A CPF is a legislated structure that establishes a partnership between the community and the police.
Does the CPF have a Constitution?
Each CPF has its own constitution, explaining how the Forum works, and an executive committee (ExCo) is elected. The ExCo plays an important role ensuring that the CPF works properly and its aims are achieved.
Does a CPF have any stature with National Government?
According to the National Constitution, each and every police station should have a Community Police Forum.
What are the aims of a CPF?
By law, a CPF must have specific aims. Section 18 of the SAPS Act No. 68 of 1995 states these aims and a CPF can add further aims, if its members agree to it. All the aims must be in the constitution of the Forum, so that everybody can see them. For example, in Section 3 of the Sample Constitution for Community Police Forums in the Western Cape it is suggested that a Forum has to:
- help the police service and the local community to work together;
- make the police and the community partners against crime;
- identify and solve problems to do with crime, disorder, fears and poor service by the police;
- improve communication and relations between the police and the community;
- find ways to make the police service transparent and accountable;
- encourage the media to be fair, when they tell people about police actions;
- promote respect for human rights;
- work together with other institutions in the local community;
- monitor the police service, including complaints, charges, visits to cells and patrolling
- help different cultural groups to understand each other;
- act in a mature and polite way when working with the police.
Which organisations are currently registered with the Simon’s Town CPF?
- South African Police Services (SAPS) by the Station Commissioner
- South African Navy
- Military Police
- City of Cape Town Ward Councilors
- Sector Crime Forums for Police Sectors 1 and 2 representing the Neighbourhood Watches in both Sectors
- Happy Valley Home for the Indigent,
- Simon’s Town Business Association (SBA),
- Simon’s Town Amenities Development Company (STADCO)
- Simon’s Town Civic Association (STCA).
Contact the Simon’s Town Community Police Forum
For more information or to register your organisation with the Simon’s Town CPF, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org