USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT CRIME
*BROOKLYN POLICE JOINS NAMOLA
PRETORIA – The South African Police Service (SAPS) Brooklyn is now at the tip of your fingertips with the use of technology such as cellphones or tablets.
Brooklyn SAPS and Namola are combining and aligning crime fighting efforts in the east of Tshwane. Through installing the Namola application on mobile devices, users will be able to report on-going crimes or emergencies to SAPS patrol vehiclesimmediately. Officers will receive information on Namola devices that are installed inside patrol vehicles which are linked to a control room. This will enable faster response times and more efficient flow of information.
When a citizen sends out an alert the nearest Brooklyn SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) vehicles that are Namola app compliant are able to see the exact location of the incident. The first available officer is then directed to the incident while being monitored by the control room, which has the ability to intervene if necessary. While on route to an incident the officer is able to receive messages from the citizen and phone them if they need more information.
The Namola app does not substitute calling 10111 in an emergency situation. The purpose of the app is to enhance all crime fighting resources. It gives community members another tool which will give them access to the police during emergencies.
Brooklyn Station Commander, Brigadier Kushie Nair, welcomes this working relationship and pilot project with Namola and the TMPD. She said that by taking advantage of current technologies, the police will make great strides in improving reaction time and to create safer communities. Through using the Namola app, community members can be important participants in crime fighting by reporting crimes in progress or crimes that have just occurred.
Residents in the Brooklyn policing precinct are encouraged to download the free Namola app http://namola.com/download which will put the SAPS at your fingertips.
Assist the Gauteng SAPS to fight fraud, corruption, unethical behaviour or any other suspicious activities that could be detrimental to our success by phoning the Gauteng Standby Provincial Duty numbers: Duty General 082 313 8299, Duty Brigadier 082 444 4354.
Namola Chief Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee who signed the MOU said: “We have to reclaim our streets. Crime affects all of us and we must strengthen partnerships at all levels.
“#CrimeMustFall and we must also use technology. We have to reclaim our streets and this partnership is going to make a difference.
“We salute the Brooklyn SAPS for taking the lead and we want other areas to follow. We are taking Namola nationally. Namola App is free and it works,” said Abramjee.
He called on residents to download the app. “Help is the press of a button away.”
Abramjee said the MEC for Community Safety in Gauteng Sizakele Nkosi Malebane has agreed to support Namola. “We are also getting calls from across SA and we want to use the Tshwane model in other areas.”
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