National 29.7.2016 11:06 am

Too few vehicles make cops slow, police say

Police vehicle stock image.

Police vehicle stock image.

Slow response times to crime calls are not the police’s fault, as they apparently don’t have enough vehicles to do their jobs properly.

A shortage of police vehicles has had residents raise concerns over the years about the police taking a long time to arrive on the scene of the crime when called for assistance, Standerton Advertiser reports.

According to Lieutenant Fanie Nhlabathi, communications officer of the Standerton Police, the shortage of vehicles is causing the poor response times.

He said the last time the Standerton Police Station received vehicles was in 2008, when seven were delivered.

“These vehicles were allocated to different departments within the station.”

According to him, the Community Service Centre (CSC) and the Crime Prevention Unit are the two departments that need more vehicles.

“CSC is responsible for attending to all the complaints from the public and the Crime Prevention Unit must ensure police visibility everywhere. For these departments to function effectively, there must be more vehicles,” he said.

Shortage of police vehicles

Police blame shortage of vehicles on failure to respond quick to crime scenes.

– Caxton News Service.

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