Bluff CPF explained

By Carl Knauff

Bluff CPF chairman

WHAT is the Bluff Community Policing Forum (CPF)?

The CPF is a legal community structure established in terms of the South African policing Services (SAPS) Act (SAPS Act, 1995 Act No 68 of 1995).

It is mandated to facilitate community-police relations within a specific police station precinct.

It serves as the mouthpiece of the community with the police and vice versa on policing. The Act also prescribed the ‘rules of engagement’ which is defined in an accepted constitution. The applicable constitution may be amended to suit the community as long as it is in line with the government document applicable to CPFs.

That said, what it translates to in practise is to:

  • Establish and maintain a partnership between the community and the police service.
  • Attend to complaints (mainly of a criminal nature) from its members and ensure performance from SAPS. Improve transparency in the service and accountability of the service to the community.
  • Work closely with various Metro departments and channel complaints to the right departments, being metro enforcement agency or SAPS and/or relevant metro departments. These may be illegal land occupation, misuse of residential property, liquor license misuse school safety programmes, to name a few.
  • Report non-social behaviour.
  • The CPF engages in various community projects such as schools and assisting SAPS in provincial projects. Presently the Bluff CPF is busy with a project to address violence and trafficking, which is a major problem in the country.
  • Promoting joint problem identification and problem-solving by the service and the community.

The Bluff CPF is not in competition with street patrolling groups or other community groups such as ratepayer organisations or street safety groups. The CPF has the mandate and the capacity to assist these bodies. One may then ask why members only: Simple – we are apolitical and have a project directive.

Who can become members?

Any groups such as schools, churches, vendors, guest houses or guest house associations, street committees/representatives, environmental groups, travel and tourism operators, ratepayer groups or representatives of various parts of a community. Due to the history of the Bluff CPF, membership is also open to members of the public on condition that they participate in its monthly meetings. For more information join the Bluff CPF which meets monthly at 6.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the Brighton Beach SAPS boardroom.

Because it is a regulated body, the CPF arranges its own fundraising and as it is transparent, audited financial statements are made available to its members at the annual AGM. This forms part of the conditions of its constitution. The accountability of the monies donated is of importance. Out of common decency every organisation receiving donations should have a public meeting or a public notification in the local paper advising of how the money was spent. In today’s life, there are so many fundraisers, one has to ensure the account, and the organisation is in existence. If in doubt, ask for the accounting officer or check on CIPRO for company registration.

Call Carl Knauff on 082-449-6503.

 

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