Neighbourhood Watch Safety Learner Guide 2018
Accreditation of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
The Western Cape Community Safety Act of 2013 (WCCSA) was accented on 5 April 2013 and although Section 6 relating to NHWs was only promulgated on 1 October 2016 the Department immediately started the process of interim accreditation. The approved Neighbourhood Watch Safety Learner Guide 2018 is used for the training and accreditation of structures.
The legalisation of Neighbourhood Watch Structures is in response to the challenges highlighted. Neighbourhood Watch Structures who are compliant in terms of Section 6 of the WCCSA, can now be formally accredited by the Department of Community Safety. Once accredited, the Neighbourhood Watch Structures are capacitated to become capable safety partners to the Western Cape Government, SAPS, Local Government and other safety and security role players. Accredited neighbourhood watches receive appropriate training and are provided with the necessary resources called a “Starter Kit” which includes reflective vests, torches, safety whistles, strobe lights for the vehicles, magnetic decals, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.
This ensures that they are adequately equipped to be visible and enable them to perform their duties accordingly.
The Western Cape Government’s objective is to make every community in the Province a safe place in which to live, work, learn, relax and move about. Neighbourhood Watches are a mechanism for mobilising local knowledge in order to improve safety in local communities. In order to strengthen and broaden communities’ capacity to carry out this function, the Province through the Department of Community Safety wishes to engage communities through establishing and supporting Community Neighbourhood Watches.
Neighbourhood watches are empowered to assist the police in containing as opposed to contaminating a crime scene, thereby enable trained forensic personnel to collect and retained usable DNA evidence for profiling and subsequent prosecution. The Department Support the NHW members by providing them with jackets, reflective bibs, torches, boots and bicycles.
For more information on how you can register and train your NHW, please contact Ms Ayesha Fortune on 021 483 5010 alternatively email Ayesha.Fortune@westerncape.gov.za