News: Aliwal North SAPS K9 Unit conducts search at school #SaferSchools

ALIWAL NORTH: Today, the Safer Schools programme continued with the focus on promoting safer schools and preventing the involvement of young people in crime.

The local High School were visited by members from K9 Unit, Sergeant Schoeman, Constable Diniso and Warrant Officer Schietekat that assisted with a random search, as identified by the school, with our four legged K9's.

The visit was much appreciated and will be followed up on a continuous basis.

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 SAPS is committed to preventing, managing and responding to incidents of crime and violence in schools.

Prevention and early intervention are the most reliable and cost-effective ways to support schools in consistently delivering teaching and learning in an environment that is physically and socially safe.

Schools are encouraged to establish and maintain a Safe School Committee. A Safe School Committee comprises of internal stakeholders of the school, for example learners, educators, School Governing Body (SGB) members and school security personnel. External role players include the SAPS, the Metropolitan Police, local ward councillors, social workers and Community Police Forums (CPFs).

Source: South African Police Service