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Cape's rent-a-cop programme expands to increase visible policing

The City of Cape Town's rent-a-cop programme is growing steadily since it was first piloted in 2008.

More external parties and sponsors recognise the benefits of paying for additional law enforcement services.

The City of Cape Town is expanding its rent-a-cop programme, after the Mayoral Committee decided to extend the contracts of 190 officers and approve the appointment of 21 more, taking the overall tally across the City to 211.

The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith says that with the additional law enforcement placed as reservists on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), the grand total comes to 340 members.

The programme allows civilians, NGOs, companies and other institutions to sponsor law enforcement, metro police and traffic officials, had four rent-a-cops when it started seven years ago.

The idea is that he or she works as a normal traffic or law enforcement officer but where they work is determined by the sponsor.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Smith says although sponsors pay the salaries, the officers still fully report to the City.

Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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