The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s plan to establish a Metro Police Service has reached an important stage. The project team, entrusted with the task of establishing the Metro Police Service(MPS), has completed phase 1 of the project and has submitted the application for the establishment of the service to the office of MEC for Roads, Transport and Liaison, Gloria Barry. The City is awaiting a response before 21 March 2010.
’At the Safety and Security Directorate’s Strategic Session, the establishment of the Metro Police Service was identified as the number one priority and we will be investing a lot of time and energy into ensuring that the service becomes a reality’, said Clr. Bicks Ndoni, Portfolio Councillor for Safety & Security. ’We have also resolved that the Directors For Traffic Services and Security Services, respectively, should form part of the Metro Police Task Team as this will help expedite the process. Another important matter that was discussed is the meaningful involvement of Unions and to this end we have decided that Unions will have to be engaged so that we take the process forward, together’, concluded Clr. Ndoni.
Currently, the project team is investigating the areas for the placement of the MPS precincts, which we envisage to be closer to the people of Nelson Mandela Bay. The City hopes that these precincts will ensure that the people of Nelson Mandela Bay are better served in their safety and security needs.The project team has also been preparing inputs to be made to the proposed by-laws for dilapidated buildings which will also become a competency of the Metro Police Service.