Drive for a safer city

The City of Johannesburg is putting more effort into the recruitment and training of Metro police officers to make townships, suburbs and industrial areas safer for everybody.

The City of Johannesburg is putting more effort into the recruitment and training of Metro police officers to make townships, suburbs and industrial areas safer for everybody.

Mayor Amos Masondo said they had also made provision for an additional car for every three officers to make it easier for them to deal with community problems as speedily as possible.

The latest developments, Masondo said, formed part of the City of Johannesburg's preparations to assemble a bigger and more specialised officers' force ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

As a result of the preparations, Masondo has put aside R38,1 million for the 2007/08 financial year to be used for projects in the fight against crime, the recruitment and training of Metro police officers.

In addition, Masondo has also allocated R276892 million for the 2009/2010 financial year to increase the number of police officers, support their training and deployment within the municipality.

"Safety and security remains a priority area of our work. The City of Johannesburg has developed the city safety strategy, and we are working closely with the South African Police Service."

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