What is the RADA Patrollers Project?
The RADA Patrollers Project is aimed at providing assistance to the members of a community who volunteer their time to patrol their neighbourhoods. The volunteers are named Patrollers and fall under the authority of the MEC of Community and Safety.
The Patrollers assist the South African Police Services (“SAPS”) with keeping a visible presence, act as first responders to an incident and provide a direct link between the communities, the SAPS and/or emergency services.
The Patrollers thus provide an essential service to the community and are a valuable resource to the SAPS.
Which Communities are earmarked for the RADA Patrollers Project?
The aim is to assist all communities within South Africa. RADA will commence with the Orange Farm community and will then expand to surrounding areas once the processes and procedures of the project strategy are proficient.
Thus far, RADA has been accepted by the communities in Orange Farm, Sebokeng and Diepkloof Soweto.
What is the purpose of implementing the RADA Patrollers Project?
The purpose is to provide long-term sustainable support for the Patrollers.
The Patrollers are a critical part of the SAPS and as such, by supporting the Patrollers, support is given to the SAPS.
To encourage, enable and educate communities to improve their circumstances – to live without fear and significantly decrease crime in key areas.
To create employment opportunities within the communities and to reignite the passion to be a Patroller and serve the community.
How will RADA Patrollers Project benefit the communities?
The Patrollers are already contributing to the communities they operate in, however, they are operating under extreme conditions with little resource and bare minimum infrastructure.
The RADA Patrollers Project will provide employment opportunities for additional Patrollers to join (through a stipend).
The RADA Patrollers Project aims to awaken the sense of hope and dreams in people and enable people to improve their self-esteem and confidence by rewarding their efforts and sense of purpose.
Hope and dreams instill a sense of purpose in communities that may reignite passion and creativity to keep forging ahead and start achieving their personal goals.
Simply put – The RADA Patrollers Project is created to empower communities and to combat crime.
The RADA team will communicate that we will continue to support the Patrollers and the community provided we ALL work together to improve circumstances – RADA and/or the community does not wish to create a sense of entitlement – many have worked hard to achieve the success of the RADA Patrollers Project.
What makes the RADA Patrollers Project different?
The RADA Patrollers Project is designed to positively affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.
RADA works closely with the Community Leaders, the Youth Desk, the SAPS, the Community Police Forums and the MEC for Community and Safety Gauteng. The relationships forged allow RADA to be proficient and effective in the mission to uplift and empower the communities we work with and to significantly reduce crime.