Police recently visited schools in the Northern Cape to raise awareness about issues including drugs, bullying, violence and sexual offences.
According to police spokesperson Captain Nelis Prins, the Station Commander, Colonel Andries Witbooi, and his social crime team held a school safety awareness programme at Highschool Kakamas in Langverwag Kakamas.
“On Thursday, 3 March 2022, at 11:00, about 1000 learners were addressed on drugs, bullying, gangsterism, violence, bunking of school, and sexual offences.”
Prins said school safety is a priority for police.
Meanwhile, the Galeshewe Social Crime Prevention Unit engaged in a Spiritual Crime Prevention initiative at a number of schools in Kimberley. The members visited St Boniface High School and Emmang Mmogo High School on Thursday.
“The theme, “Spend your time wisely as it is a valuable asset,” was the message conveyed.
“A tertiary crime prevention approach was followed and a self-confessed repented Pastor who testified delivered a strong testimony,” police said.
After devotion, learners joined the Pastor in prayer.
The school principals of both schools thanked the South African Police Service for ensuring the learners’ moral fibre preservation.
School-based crime prevention is intended to enrich the participation of police officers in promoting safe and orderly school environments.
School safety is often a critical obstacle to learning. Crime, violence and abuse affect all aspects of our community, and schools are not always free from
fear, intimidation or victimisation.
The Department of Basic Education, in partnership with the police is committed to preventing, managing and responding to incidents of crime and violence in schools.