The department realizes its objectives and its mandate through the following programmes:
Crime Prevention and Community Police Relations
This programme has two components; Community Policing and Social Crime Prevention. The purpose of the Community Policing directorate is to build, sustain and maintain partnerships in crime prevention.
This programme also exists to mobilize community members to become involved in crime prevention in support of the South African Police Service (SAPS) objectives.
The Social Crime Prevention component deals with initiatives that potentially reduce avert or eliminate victimization by crime or violence. Its purpose is to manage the implementation of social-crime prevention strategies and programmes and to mobilize the communities to support initiatives related to reducing social crime.
This programme is also divided into two parts- Monitoring, and Evaluation and Research. The Monitoring division is responsible for oversight of SAPS in the province.
This includes monitoring of SAPS performance and evaluating the functioning of police stations through the MEC's Excellence Awards.
The Evaluation and Research team is responsible for receiving and processing complaints from members of the public against poor service. It also conducts research into any policing matter with in the province.
Traffic Management includes the provision of a safe road environment through the regulation of traffic flow on public roads, law enforcement, the implementation of road safety education campaigns and awareness programmes and the registration and licensing of vehicles and drivers. Ensure compliance to the minimum standard by driving license testing centres and vehicle testing stations.
Key projects and activities of the department
· Raise awareness on crime prevention in the community
· Mobilize communities to become reservists or part of community-policing initiatives
· Conduct the MEC's Excellence Awards to evaluate the performance of police stations
· Deployment and monitoring of tourists-safety monitors