A bicycle unit is set to be introduced in the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) in efforts to make policing more visible in the city.
Our cyclists have been trained and are ready to ride the bicycles. We're getting 1 000 bicycles donated, and we're waiting for the sponsorship to be given— Derek Kissundooth, City of Tshwane MMC for Community Safety
According to Derek Kissundooth, City of Tshwane's Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Safety, the bicycles will enable metro police to easily manoeuvre traffic and get to crime situations easier.
Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Kissundooth says that traffic controllers in the city will also be utilizing the bicycles.
It will be more the younger troops that have just qualified as police officers. They will be the fittest and we hope to say that they will be the fastest— Derek Kissundooth, City of Tshwane MMC for Community Safety
Kissundooth says that younger police officers in the TMPD will be the ones to make most use of the bicycles to patrol.
With 4 181 police officers in the TMPD, Kissundooth says that approximately 2 000 police officers have been trained in the past two years to assist in policing duties around Tshwane.
This is one step above foot patrol— Derek Kissundooth, City of Tshwane MMC for Community Safety
Kissundooth says that the bicycle unit will enable metro police to act faster than they would on foot when addressing crime in the city.
Listen to the conversation below: