CITY OF CAPE TOWN
22 SEPTEMBER 2017
City’s Metro Police Department gives young people a step up.
The City of Cape Town’s Metropolitan Police Department (CTMPD) concluded another successful youth academy camp, bringing the number of young people impacted since its inception to 2 347. These camps are a stepping stone into the department’s youth cadet programme. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department youth camp programme was launched in 2013 as part of the department’s social crime prevention interventions.
Since then, thousands of young people from schools across the city have participated in the camps which focus on life skills and leadership.
Group topics include gangsterism, peer pressure, ethics. Firm favourites on the programme are physical activity and demonstrations by the Metro Police K9 and Equestrian Units.
‘The camps provide our young people with the opportunity to see beyond their circumstances and encourage them to look at law enforcement through different eyes. About 165 of those who attended the camps have been selected for our youth cadet programme and some have become leaders,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
The aim of the cadet programme is to help participants become active community leaders and instil a sense of social responsibility, active citizenship and fostering a partnership with the Metro Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to fight crime and keep the city safe. Cadets are eligible to wear the uniform, go out on public duty (under supervision), and receive membership award certificates.
‘The youth cadet programme is designed to provide a safe environment where young people can learn as individuals, develop a positive relationship with enforcement agencies and actively support their community. Our staff work hard to actively engage and prepare these young people for their future,’ said Alderman Smith.
The programme does not recruit for the Metro Police Department, but support and guidance are given to cadets who are interested in joining. Numerous cadets who have completed school have been recruited as senior cadets through EPWP employment attached to Metro Police, increasing their prospects of potential full time positions in the City’s enforcement services over time, should they apply.
‘The City aims to build safe and inclusive communities as part of its Organisational Development and Transformation Plan and the youth are crucial to the success of the plan. Giving our young people this opportunity is just another stepping stone to their future and towards a city that embraces everyone,’ said Alderman Smith.
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