The City of Cape Town’s metro police department youth camp programme which was launched in 2013 as part of the department’s social crime prevention interventions, has successfully concluded another phase of the youth academy camp.
According to the mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services JP Smith, the orientation camps are the pre-session that precedes the entry into the department’s youth cadet programme.
“The camps provide our young people with the opportunity to see beyond their circumstances and encourage them to look at law enforcement through different eyes. About 165 of those who attended the camps have been selected for our youth cadet programme and some have become leaders,”
“The youth cadet programme is designed to provide a safe environment where young people can learn as individuals, develop a positive relationship with enforcement agencies, and actively support their community. Our staff work hard to actively engage and prepare these young people for their future,”
“The city aims to build safe and inclusive communities as part of its organizational development and transformation plan and the youth are crucial to the success of the plan. Giving our young people this opportunity is just another stepping stone to their future and towards a city that embraces everyone,” said Smith.