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SAPS, Netherlands forged partnership to curb crime

by Edwin Tshivhidzo
on 19 Aug 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Netherlands police service have forged a partnership to create a platform to share ideas, skills and training.

Speaking at the signing of an agreement between the two police services on Tuesday, Deputy National Commissioner Mala Singh said the partnership was a culmination of three years of negotiations.

She said the partnership would see the two countries beefing-up crime prevention operations in the two countries.

"The focus of the partnership will be to establish mutual cooperation to improve policing in both countries by exchanging knowledge, skills and experience in relation to law enforcement, investigation of crime, crime prevention, public order and public safety," said Commissioner Singh.

Countries cannot afford to function in isolation, she said, adding that the globally connected community had made it easier for criminals to exploit a lack of understanding and participation in global initiatives.

Commissioner Singh said the international sharing of information, skills, knowledge and experience were crucial to the development of a country and its people.

"The establishment of partnerships between countries in the form of specific bilateral agreements ensured that countries remained abreast of international tendencies and developments to counter or neutralise these tendencies," said Commissioner Singh.

Frans Heeres, Chief Commissioner Regional Police Mid and West Brabant said they would work in a twining relation with three police regions in Netherlands and three regional police stations in South Africa.

"Domestic violence and prevention as well as training and education are the main subjects in the field. We will work in close cooperation with the local authorities," he added.

He emphasised the need for collaboration in dealing with organised crime. "Trust and close cooperation between the police and the people are essential for tackling safety and security problems in society."

South Africa is a member of Interpol, which assists in curbing global crime by sharing information between governments. - BuaNews

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