The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has established a Tactical Response Unit (TRU) dedicated to fighting crime with a proactive approach.
JMPD’S TRU AIMS TO BOLSTER SAPS
“The JMPD’s TRU aims to collaborate with the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a force multiplier, focusing on preventing and combating crime in Johannesburg,” said JMPD spokesperson Superintendent Xolani Fihla.
The launch event, held on Friday, 10 November at the Moletsane Sport Complex in Soweto, was attended by the Executive Mayor, Kabelo Gwamanda, City Manager Floyd Brink, and the MMC for Public Safety, Councillor Mgcini Tshwaku.
Cllr Tshwaku was delighted that the community’s desire for a tactical response unit had been realised, pledging a robust response to criminal activities.
“We are going to fight crime fire by fire. Our people are getting killed daily, and we shall respond. Any criminal pointing a gun at a police officer or community member will be met with a shoot-to-kill approach,” Cllr. Tshwaku said.
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NEW UNIT TO FOCUS ON THESE CRIMES
Fihla noted that the unit will focus on serious crimes such as kidnapping, cash and transit heists, illegal mining, and other issues plaguing the City.
“This unit will make a great difference in fighting crime.”
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OTHER CRIME-FIGHTING UNITS ESTABLISHED
The introduction of the JMPD Motorway Patrol Fleet was also announced, intended for daily patrols and service delivery-related policing work.
Fihla said this move marks a significant step as the JMPD establishes a crime-combating directorate, demonstrating its commitment to enforcing traffic laws, municipal bylaws, and preventing crimes.
“The TRU will conduct daily searches, visible policing, community interactions, crime analysis, and address issues related to domestic violence, women, children, and the elderly.
“The unit’s responsibilities extend to handling special operations, including responses to information from the crime-prevention unit, addressing business robberies, hijackings, and activities related to illegal mining (zama-zamas),” he explained.
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