Emmarentia Residents Association info@era.org.za (000) 111-1111

Sign up to become a community patroller

There are many community patrollers linked to the Community Police  Forum (CPF) in the Emmarentia/Greenside area. They are always looking for more volunteers. ERA asked a community patroller to tell us why he joined.

How long have you been a community patroller?

I joined two years ago.

Why did you join?

I joined to reduce crime and to create a sense of security in the community.

What is the job of a community patroller?

We act as the eyes and ears of the police and security companies. We identify and report suspicious activities. By being visible we send a message to criminals that the residents in the area do not tolerate crime.

What crimes have you prevented since you joined them?

I’ve helped to find illegal substances and apprehended people with illegal substances.

I’ve assisted the police and home affairs with checking the documents of migrants. I’ve helped with stop and search operations with the police and I’ve helped with traffic control at accident sites/events in the area.

How safe is it to become a community patroller? I have a young family I am trying to protect. Will I put my life and their lives in danger if I join?

We work in conjunction with the police and are there only to support and assist SAPS. When suspicious activity is identified, we report it first and only confront it when the police or security company arrives. It is therefore very safe.

How do I join?

Contact the Community Police Forum on chair@parkviewcpf.co.za You will need to get fingerprinted and get checked out on the system to see if you have a criminal record.

(extracted from The Emmarentia Post, June 2023)