Another day in the toy shop

NECESSARY EXPENSE? Danny Jordaan unveils the new metro police motorcycles last week. A reader questions whether the purchase will really help the metro fight crime. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
NECESSARY EXPENSE? Danny Jordaan unveils the new metro police motorcycles last week. A reader questions whether the purchase will really help the metro fight crime. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

A NEW powerful motorcycle for fighting crime in Port Elizabeth?

What has become of the other motorcycles that were gathering dust when reported on some time ago?

Surely these are just as fast and powerful as this latest acquisition?

I could agree with the concept of a motorcycle crime fighter if the rider was Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone). A one-man judge, jury and punisher.

Can’t you just picture this larger-than-life crusader pulling over a driver who was texting on his cellphone while driving?

Arrests the guy on the spot, finds him guilty and then takes out his 45 Magnum and shoots the cellphone to pieces!

Now that’s what I call effective policing.

But do we really need motorcycles?

All over the world they are generally used as outriders for puffed up politicians (and in our case Gupta bridal parties) and are mostly ceremonial in nature.

And you have little protection from stray or deliberate bullets when patrolling the northern suburbs of PE.

So we have also bought a Golf GTi but it appears from crime stats that the criminals are also driving these, so the best our crime fighters will be able to do is keep up with them in a car chase.

No, we need a real muscle car that can simply run over the criminals from the back.

Those Amaroks that are driving around Africa on the TV series Voetspore would be more suitable. Speed, weight and power. That’s what you want!

But at the end of the day, the current local police do not even use what they have.

Motorcycles were last seen providing an escort for the giggling president.

Sure, you need the correct tools to do the job but there is more needed than that.

It needs a commitment to fighting crime and judging by many of our crime fighters, not a fight with the waistline.

It needs visibility in affected areas at all times and not occasional picketing outside the municipal offices.

The “new” metro police will no doubt involve many of the “old” staff, so while they will appear in new uniforms with possibly newlook cars, they bring with them the same old attitudes

Until we have a radical change in ethic from the current staff, it’s just another day in the toy shop.

 

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