Vision Tactical –
The importance of cooperation between law enforcement and private security in South Africa has never been greater, yet the difficulties in establishing effective cooperation between the two areas, remain a major obstacle. This has been highlighted in recent communications from the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).
“The importance of cooperation between law enforcement and private security in South Africa has never been greater…”
— Vision Tactical (@visiontactical) February 19, 2021
Environments being protected should ideally be protected against a full range of risks. It is therefore essential that a crime prevention strategy be designed and developed to address the range of risks confronting the environment being protected, where private security and the police can work side by side within the law fulfilling their legally defined roles.
In recent situations, partnerships between private security operators and law enforcement has yielded successful arrests and prosecutions as private security companies contribute vast access to technological devices and apparatus at its disposal such as LPR (License Plate Recognition) camera, CCTV in residential areas and various resources available to combat crime.
The E2 Project is an excellent example of an active partnerships between the South African Police Service (SAPS), business and the public to be elevated to fight crime effectively. Vision Tactical is a member of the E2 Project and commends Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) for prioritising anti-crime partnerships
Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba says that the collaboration between private security and the police is a great value add for residents and clients, showing that we are able to draw upon the resources and expertise between the private sector and law enforcement.
“In most cases, the police will be more than happy to lend free advice, information about hotspot areas, and resources to tackle crime. Collaboration is key and the fight against crime can only succeed by a multi-faceted approach.”
Theba adds that if the partnership is done right, with private companies respecting the authority of the law and law enforcement drawing on the resources and footprint of private security companies, we can be much more effective to protect communities from criminals and potential risks.
“The expertise and resources can only complement the boots we all have have on the ground. It saves time for the police, better protects our clients and communities at the end of the day.”
We will continue to call on role players to find a mechanism within the law so that we can equip ourselves to fight crime. Our crime prevention objectives are the same and we must support entities towards a a crime free South Africa.
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