Merger first for Metro police

DECEMBER 1, 2014

A merger between existing entities in the Safety and Security Directorate such as Traffic and Licensing and Security Services needed to take place ahead of the establishment of a metro police service for Nelson Mandela Bay, Chief Financial Officer Trevor Harper has told the Budget and Treasury Committee.

The CFO added that there “should not be extra costs” involved as a result of this merger, but pointed out that there was no provision in the 2014/15 budget for the procurement of additional items required for the new service such as motor vehicles and uniforms with fresh insignia.

Mayor Ben Fihla states in a report to Council, which meets on Thursday that the necessary budget must be “made available” for the implementation of the Metro Police Service. No indication of the funding required both in terms of start-up and operational costs is contained in the report. - metrominutes