"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
(Who will guard the guards themselves?)
-- Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis
The Community Policing Forum (CPF) is a body mandated by sections 205 and 206 of the Constitution of South Africa Act No. 108 of 1996 together with sections 18 to 23 of the South African Police Service Act No. 68 of 1995.
Community Policing Forums are constituted to improve communication between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the community, to promote transparency, and to foster joint problem-solving and co-operation with a view to improving service delivery by the SAPS. The SAPS is answerable to the communities they serve. The CPF represents the community's interests and monitors the SAPS' service delivery. At the same time, the CPF tries to promote the image of the SAPS to the community in order to foster closer ties between the SAPS and the community.
The CPF performs a vital role in the civilian oversight of the SAPS in the precinct. A police service can only be effective when it enjoys the confidence and co-operation of the community which it serves.
The role of the CPF is to make the needs of the community known to the police and to help the police meet those needs. The primary objective is to promote a partnership between the community and the local police and to create an environment that will promote effective local policing that is user-friendly. The CPF assists the South African Police Service in accomplishing these aims.
The Parkview Community Policing Forum is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). We are therefore in a position to raise funds which can be used in their entirety for projects to further these aims. Donations to the Parkview CPF are tax-deductable and attract no tax in the hands of the CPF, and the CPF Management Committee is staffed by unpaid volunteers.
CPF committee meetings are open to the public, but are not discussion forums (see the Community Safety Forum section for details of public interaction opportunities). People may be invited to attend CPF meetings occasionally, or may be co-opted to assist the CPF. The CPF committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (see the calendar for details). Find the Parkview CPF Constitution here.
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