Second broader forum meeting held

At the second Edenvale Community Police Forum (ECPF) broader forum meeting, EMPD’s the new Edenvale precinct commander was introduced to the community.

The meeting held on July 25 was held in Sector Two.

EMPD’s new Edenvale precinct commander Chief Superintendent Leon Saaiman at the meeting on July 25. Seen next to him are Head of Edenvale SAPS Visible Policing Unit Col Jimmy Munzhelele, Lt Col Susan Mathebule, head of Edenvale Detective Services and Sheryl Damerell Edenvale Community Police Forum (ECPF) chairperson.

Chief Superintendent Leon Saaiman, who previously worked in Kempton Park for 29 years, said he was looking forward to working with the community.

“I am a no-nonsense, fair person who leads from the front,” said Saaiman.

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Saaiman, who transferred to Edenvale in April, said it seemed that Edenvale EMPD officers had a “relaxed attitude” before he arrived.

“I have changed that. I am focusing on the productivity of the officers,” said Saaiman.

Head of Edenvale SAPS Visible Policing Unit, Col Jimmy Munzhelele, providing statistics to community members.

“I am willing to work with anyone if they are willing to work with me,” he said.

Saaiman invited the community to contact him with their concerns.

“I will give Edenvale the same dedication I gave to Kempton Park.”

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Saaiman said he was looking forward to working with the SAPS and the community.

“We are so lucky to have the superintendent in Edenvale. He really backs his community and takes a stand,” said Sheryl Damerell, ECPF chairperson.

Sheryl Damerell Edenvale Community Police Forum (ECPF) chairperson speaking to community members at the broader forum meeting.

Head of Edenvale SAPS Visible Policing Unit Col Jimmy Munzhelele provided community members with crime statistics between April and June.

The most common crimes which occurred in Edenvale were residential robberies, business robberies, residential burglaries, business burglaries, theft, robberies with a firearm, theft of motor vehicle and theft out of motor vehicles.

Munzhelele said during the month of July crime had decreased in Edenvale.

Lt Col Susan Mathebule, head of Edenvale Detective Services, said between April and June numerous convictions were made.

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Mike Anderson, head of the Edenvale Neighbourhood Watch, encouraging community members to support the Edenvale Community Police Forum’s new camera project.

Some of the convictions were for business robbery, residential burglaries, possession of drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol, theft, common assault and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

“We are so thankful for the support from the ECPF. They greatly assist us,” said Mathebule

Mike Anderson, head of the Edenvale Neighbourhood Watch, urged community members to get behind the ECPF’s new camera project.

The project, which started earlier this year, has seen a number of crime prevention cameras installed across Edenvale.

Col Eddie Trollip, from the Edenvale SAPS, delivering his report.

By the end of the year, the ECPF hopes to have 100 cameras in Edenvale.

“With the use of the cameras, we will be able to monitor the activities of criminals in and around Edenvale,” said Anderson.

For more information about the camera project, visit the ECPF Facebook page.

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Stephan Lehman

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