New Bedfordview Community Police Forum (BCPF) committee ready to serve – Germiston City News
The newly elected executive committee of the Bedfordview Community Police Forum (BCPF) hopes to inject energy into the forum.
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The forum held elections for its executive committee on April 7.
Longtime CPF member Peter Wright was named chair, backed by vice-chair Daniel Perry, who has been an active member since 2017.
“When I joined, we all had 10 members. I hope we can encourage every person in the community to take ownership of their suburbs and their safety,” he said.
Perry added that not everyone needs to be a Patroller, but everyone has something to offer the forum.
“We have a strong network of resources that we can use.”
Mike Kenny was elected as BCPF’s new secretary after joining the forum in July.
“I had intended to join and the unrest of the last year gave me easy access to be part of the CPF. I felt I wanted to make a difference in the community while I still could,” said he declared.
Lee-Anne Morgan takes on the roles of Assistant Secretary as well as Public Relations. She told the NEWS that when the unrest started spreading in Gauteng, she realized how overwhelmed and under-resourced the SAPS was.
“There was a CPF recruitment drive and there I learned of the support role that the CPF has played for SAPS.”
She said that after joining, she was immediately connected to a network of community members who looked after their suburbs.
“When something happens, whether it’s a car accident or a theft, the CPF has boots on the ground to help.”
Zahrah Singh is BCPF’s youngest approved member and will serve as Treasurer. She had lived her whole life in Bedfordview, settling in Bedford Gardens.
“My father was part of the CPF and as the eldest of the children, I was ready to follow in his footsteps.”
She hopes to be the driving force being more youth enrollment for BCPF.
“In July, it was heartening to see the level of support we had at a time when the safety of our suburb was under threat.”
At the head of the patrollers is Jacques Steyn, who has previously served on the executive committee of the CPF of Kempton Park. He joined the BCPF in 2016.
“When I arrived, there were 10 people. Then, in July, with our recruitment campaign, we signed and selected 108 new members in the three sectors.
“We still have around 100 volunteers going through the vetting process. So many people raised their hands to help.
Steyn said each person in the community could be the eyes and ears of SAPS, BCPF and security vendors.
He will be responsible for ensuring that all patrollers are trained.
“We must recognize the phenomenal work done by the previous committee. They took the course and without the foundation they laid, we’d be wading in the deep end,” Perry said.
Morgan said the new committee had already met, with the aim of clarifying the forum going forward.
The committee thanked the community members who volunteered for the forum.
“Not all heroes wear capes, ours wear high visibility vests,” Morgan said.
“BCPF is committed to working in partnership with SAPS to keep our community safe and the new committee looks forward to fulfilling the duties for which we were elected.”