Overstrand and Swartland K-9 units off to a sharp bite in 2023
As 2023 commenced the Overstrand and Swartland K-9 Units ensured that criminals were fully aware of their presence. Between 16 January – 5 February 2023, these units arrested 53 suspects. Of these, 30 were arrested in the Overberg areas, while 23 were arrested in the Swartland area. A number of illicit items were also confiscated.
The Swartland K-9 Unit conducted:
- Four (4) vehicle checkpoints (VCPs),
- Searched 47 vehicles,
- Searched 31 premises and
- Searched 89 people.
In addition to this, the following confiscations were made:
- One hundred (100) mandrax tablets and
- Thirty-one (31) straws, containing tik.
- 11,06kg of dagga
The Overberg K-9 Unit confiscated:
- 1 333 units of whole abandoned abalone at an estimated value of R 232 094.70
- One (1) Vessel and 2 motors, 9 ring nets and 1 fish trap at an estimated value of R 150 000.00
- In Gansbaai, one suspect was arrested for pointing a firearm, and was found in possession of 1 gas pistol, 1 pellet gun and 1 toy cap gun.
As part of their community outreach and empowerment programmes, this unit also conducted an awareness campaign at Die Bron Primary school, to inform leaners of their activities and the dangers of getting involved in crime.
Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen said: “The K9 units are continuing to play a significant role along our highways and in our coastal communities. Impeding and making the life of criminals difficult, is exactly what we want to see. These successes confirm and highlight their importance. I am looking forward to joining man’s best friend and their handlers on some of their operations in the near future, to witness their diligent work.”
The K9 Unit’s main objective is to serve as a crime fighting force multiplier to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other role-players. The unit does this through the detection and searching for contraband, particularly illegal drugs, firearms and ammunition. The unit also provides assistance to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs to curb the illegal trade of abalone, crayfish and other marine products.
“For us, as the Western Cape Government, this remains a critical investment, as our aim is to ensure that every corner of this province becomes safer. We will continue to strengthen our relationships with all relevant stakeholders, which amongst others include other law enforcement agencies, SAPS, private security, neighbourhood watches, community police forums and farm watches, as the cooperation and collaboration will help in our fight against crime,” concluded Minister Reagen Allen.