New state-of-the-art Korsten 10111 Command Centre to boost policing in the Bay

JANUARY 28, 2016

The launch of the TETRA Digital Radio Communication System as well as the official opening of the state-of-the-art 10111 Command Centre in Korsten, in Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday will assist the police to respond efficiently, effectively and timeously to the needs of community members in distress as well as police criminal activity in the entire metropolitan area, the Police Ministry says.

The opening of the centre was part of the annual celebration of the National Police Day held in the Nelson Mandela Bay. The Eastern Cape is the second province to implement the TETRA system after Gauteng.

Launching the facilities, Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, acknowledged that “We live in an era that is technologically advanced and need not ignore that we are part of a global village where the information highway plays a critical role in the interaction with communities to work together to fight the scourge of crime”.

Minister Nhleko stated that while 2016 marks 21 years of committed policing in South Africa it also means that the South African Police Service (SAPS) must keep up with the times.

“The nature of crime and the growing technological competence being displayed by criminals have made it necessary for the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies of government to deploy robust and secure digital technology in all our daily operations as well as our facilities.

“The SAPS has therefore embarked on a national infrastructural development of this nature to be on par with international standards; enable us to have networks that are able to provide secure and high speed technologies and services.”

Meanwhile, the National Police Day was also used to pay tribute to the men and women who have committed to risk their lives to selflessly serve their country. The day has been celebrated since 2005 following a Cabinet decision that declared 27 January to be observed annually.

Minister Nhleko, who was accompanied by Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Phahlane; the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Cynthia Celiwe Binta, and other senior police officials also visited senior citizens at Adcock and Elizabeth Stuurman Old Age Home in Schauderville, Port Elizabeth.

Lt General Binta, while addressing the elderly, emphasized the purpose of the day saying National Police Day is not only about interacting with our police members but also about serving our communities with dedication and care.

"We consider senior citizens as valuable members of our society," she said.

The Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Phahlane introduced the Minister of Police, Nhleko to the old age home residents, also encouraging them to continue working with the police.

The Minister of Police during his address said that policemen and women belong to the community.

"We urge the community to protect the police and pray for their safety at all times as criminals are always targeting our men and women in blue," he said. 

"Our senior citizens are very important to the police. That is why we chose to be here today."

The Minister of Police, the Acting Provincial Commissioner and the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner handed out gifts including, food, toiletries and bedding to the senior citizens.

Images: Top; Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko; Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Cynthia Binta, and Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Phahlane, at the Adcock and Elizabeth Stuurman Old Age Home in Schauderville, Port Elizabeth. Images: GCIS and SAPS.