Police engage youth in dialogue to eradicate crime

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Viljoenskroon SAPS has for the past year embarked on programmes that seek to promote youth Crime Prevention in Rammulotsi.

Police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng says after the establishment of Youth Desk, many challenges that directly affect youth in Rammulotsi were discussed to bring the levels of criminal acts committed by young people to be low. “Challenges that face the entire young people in Viljoenskroon station precinct are their involvement in robberies, rapes, teen pregnancies and house breakings, as a result they loose their moral direction. The majority of them were young people in and out of school environment,” he says.

Thakeng adds that the Youth Dialogue in Viljoenskroon held on the 16 October 2013 for women and on 23 October 2013 was reserved for men.

“Both sessions were facilitated by Viljoenskroon police under the leadership of the Station Commander of Viljoenskroon, Colonel Sello. The event took place at Kgabareng High School. During the two sessions of boys and girls, the topics were teen pregnancy, life in prison, peer pressure, Youth and Health ( particularly on HIV /AIDS) , Youth Crime Prevention and Community Orientated Policing,” he says.

Thakeng says both sessions were attended by educators, learners from Mahlabathini Primary, Ntswanatsatsi Primary, Dr Sello Primary, Renyakalletse Primary, Kgolagano High and Kgabareng High Schools.

He says the targeted audiences were learners of Grade 7 up to Grade 11 and other youth formations in Rammulotsi. “The entire sessions were very much successful and there was a commitment made by learners to support Youth Crime Prevention Programmes in Viljoenskroon and the Youth Desk with its endeavour to fight against crime,” he says.

Station Commander, Kolisang Sello says he would like to express his sincere appreciation to all stakeholders and individuals who took part. Sello says these kind of engagements will be held on a continuous basis just to ensure that young people come to a realisation that crime does not pay.

This statement is issued by Welkom Police Corporate Communication, Free State Province