The Community Policing Forum’s control room was officially opened at Lake Umuzi on Friday, 30 September.
The offices have been donated by Johan Rosslee of Lake Umuzi.
Prommac /Kumunyacki sponsored the camera equipment and Langamed South Ambulance Services the trauma room.
To celebrate the official launch of this totally community driven project, members from various emergency services were given cupcakes, and Hoërskool Oosterland’s band and dancers of the Julie-Ann School rendered performances.
Niek Prinsloo, CPF chairman, said the control room will be manned by volunteers and will be operational 24/7.
The control room is there to assist the police in combatting crime.
Shayne van der Heever of Langamed South Ambulance Service said they will operate trauma room.
“We saw the need for a room where, among other things, the family members of trauma victims can be supported and assisted.
“For instance, in the case where a single parent is taken to hospital, the child has to wait for other family members to arrive.
“Now we can offer a safe environment for such a child.”
Shayne said this is Langamed’s way of re-investing in the community.
Lt Bettina Zondo, communication officer at the Secunda Police Station, said this control room will greatly assist the police.
“This shows the police is not working alone in the fight against crime.
“We are very thankful to the community, the CPF and the Sector Policing who are so eager and active to keep Secunda safe.”
The emergency numbers for the CPF control room are 079 909 0648 and 060 641 0636.