Trollip appoints Yolanda Faro as new Metro Police Chief

OCTOBER 26, 2016

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Wednesday announced that he has appointed Yolanda Faro as the new Metro Police Chief. She will take up her post on the 1st December 2016.

"After years of uncertainty and sub-standard management, our Metro Police Service is now under world-class leadership, backed by years of exceptional experience," said Trollip.

"Safety & Security is a priority for the Metro’s new leadership. We are working tirelessly to build a Metro Police Service that is fully capacitated to fight crime, enforce by-laws and administer traffic regulations. As such, we plan to have 50 fully compliant and trained officers on the beat by the end of this year."

He said tha Faro comes with a Bachelor of Technology in Policing, a National Diploma in Policing and 15 years of Safety & Security experience, having most recently held the position of Acting Metro Police Chief in the City of Cape Town.

"Having excelled at various levels in Municipal Safety & Security, Ms. Faro is excellently-equipped to take the Bay’s Metro Police Service forward," said the Mayor.

"Working in collaboration with the South African Police Service, Ms. Faro will ensure that our Metro Police Service conducts intervention operations on an ongoing basis in the interest of turning Nelson Mandela Bay into a safe city.

"We look forward to welcoming Ms. Faro to the institution, where her leadership will undoubtedly take our Safety & Security operations to brand new heights."

After delays, the Metro police force was launched amid pomp and ceremony at Vuyisile Mini Square in May this year by former Mayor, Danny Jordaan.

Before the end of that month, the force hit the ground with a routine roadblock at Beach Road, opposite the Brookes Hill Complex, in Summerstrand, Port Eizabeth.

However, there had been some ongoing uncertainty concerning the force, which should be resolved with Faro's appointment.

Image: Athol Trollip via Facebook