Code of Conduct

1. Aims and Objectives
o To nurture a sense of unity, dedication and good neighbourly relations among the residents of GREEN POINT.
o To assist the local police to safeguard the community against criminal activities and strive for a safe and secure environment.
o To provide a channel through which local communities can play a meaningful role in crime prevention in a manner that is ethical and non-violent.
o To create public awareness with regard to safety, crime prevention and protection of families and their property. The community to work in close co-operation with the SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES (SAPS) and the other structures such as local authorities who are involved in law enforcement.
o To unite a diverse residency in creating a stable and crime free environment.
2. Indemnity
o GPNW is not a legal person and functions within the guidelines provided by and set out in the Western Cape Provincial Constitution and the Code of Conduct for Neighbourhood Watch Structures.
o An acknowledgement to this effect must be signed by all members of GPNW clearly indemnifying the Neighbourhood Watch
o The acknowledgement must clearly state that GPNW is a voluntary association.
o Each member of GPNW shall sign an indemnity to be given to the Sector Leader before taking part in any patrol on behalf of GPNW.
3. Liability
o GPNW is not a legal person and as such does not have powers of whatever nature which might be in law to act or to be acted upon.
o All individual members act in their own capacity as individuals and liability will be in that capacity.
o GPNW will not be responsible for civil and or criminal actions or omissions that are perpetrated by a member of GPNW nor responsible for civil and or criminal actions or omissions against its members.
o All and any criminal and civil actions that are instituted against a member of GPNW will be against the member concerned and not GPNW.
o Any damage or injury to any member of GPNW or his or her property when such member is acting as a member of GPNW in whatsoever capacity shall, subject to claims against third parties be the sole and absolute responsibility of the member.
o GPNW carries no insurances whatsoever for members or their families or dependants.
o Members of GPNW must take all such steps as they choose to establish their own legal position as to their
personal/accident/medical or vehicle insurances and assurances.
o The Green Point Neighbourhood Watch and any organisation affiliated to the GPNW act in their own capacity and singularly and jointly absolve the Sea Point CPF and the South African Police services of any liability for their actions.
4. Accountability
o GPNW will be accountable to SAPS in the first instance and shall also be accountable to the Sea Point Community Police Forum.
o When on patrol a Green Point Neighbourhood Watch member may only use “minimum force “as described in Section 42 of the Act 51 of 1977 (arrest without a warrant) to secure the arrest of any person who commits or attempts to commit or whom he/she reasonably believes has committed any offence named under schedule 1.
o Each member of GPNW shall give to his Sector Leader a written report of all incidents during any patrol or similar duty within 24 hours of completion of such patrol or similar action on behalf of GPNW.
o The form of written report is attached to his protocol and a blank form will be given to or available to each member before the member embarks upon any patrol.
o The Sector Leaders shall give all completed forms to the zone leaders
o If SAPS or the Crime Prevention Officer reasonably require a statement to be made earlier than the time referred to above, the member of GPNW and the Sector Leader shall comply with such request.
5. Functions
o GPNW must assist SAPS in crime prevention in the GREEN POINT area.
o GPNW will adopt and support the social crime prevention policy of SAPS.
o GPNW must operate within the framework of the law. Only minimum force may be used to secure an arrest as defined in Criminal Procedure Act No 51 of 1977.
o GPNW members will have powers similar to that of any other citizen to perform a citizen’s arrest and the requirements set out in the Criminal Procedure Act No. 51 of 1977 will be adhered to and complied with at all times.
o Members of GPNW have the same rights as any member of the public to arrest a perpetrator of an offence or of any person reasonably suspected of being about to commit an offence.
6. Identity Cards
o All members of GPNW will have identity cards and must carry these cards at all times when on patrol on behalf of GPNW.
o The identity cards of members must contain a recent photograph of the member, his or her full names, identity number and the member’s legible signature.
o The identity cards shall refer to SEA POINT Police Station and be signed by the local station commissioner.
o All identity cards shall be validated annually.
o Any member losing his or her identity card shall forthwith report such loss to the Sector Leader.
o Only members of GPNW as defined in the constitution may go on patrol.
o No person under the age of eighteen years shall be a member of GPNW.
7. Conduct.
o All members of GPNW must at all times act in a non-violent manner. No member may take the law in his or her own hands irrespective of circumstances.
o No member of GPNW will display racism; sexism or any other form of discrimination towards any other member and any other person.
o No member shall carry any weapon perceived to be dangerous that could inflict serious bodily harm or damage property. This includes dangerous weapons as defined by law when patrolling. Only weapons for the sole purpose of self- defence as approved by the Provincial Commissioner, SAPS-Western Cape may be used.
o Should a member of GPNW be found guilty of a criminal offence committed when the member is operating formally as a GPNW member, GPNW will take such disciplinary actions as are considered appropriate by the Committee and will issue a public statement regarding its action.
o Members of GPNW shall not divulge any confidential or privileged information that they may have acquired as a result of their membership of GPNW.
o No member of GPNW may exploit his or her membership for personal advantage or benefit.
o Members of GPNW must at all times act in a manner that will uphold and promote the aims and objectives of GPNW.
8. Conduct and Patrol Procedures
o The master registration form of which a draft is attached hereto must be filled in before each patrol. All details of name, cell phone number, vehicle registration number and area to be patrolled must be legible recorded. Details of any weapons carried must be provided.
o Members of GPNW are permitted to carry and use high intensity torches up to ten million candle power.
o Each member going on patrol must have at least one cell phone in each car or group of members on foot patrol.
o Each cell phone used on patrol shall contain in the memory the cell phone number of the response vehicle cell phone, the SEA POINT SAPS telephone number and the cell phone number of at least one of the other patrols on duty during the same roster hours.
o Members of GPNW are not expected or required to confront any person of any race creed or gender whether they are suspected of being about to commit a crime or having committed a crime. The duty of members on patrol is to report any suspicious person or vehicle in the neighbourhood. Members shall use their own discretion as to whether to drive around their allocated Sector or whether to remain stationary and in the latter instance whether or not to keep the vehicles engine running.
o The report shall be by cell phone to the Response vehicle and to SAPS in SEA POINT and it may be advisable to inform any other GPNW vehicle on patrol. The precise position of the member or the member’s vehicle must be given to the response vehicle and all members on patrol should ensure that they are aware of their precise location at all times.
o GPNW members shall follow any instructions from the response vehicle as to whether to follow the suspects or maintain observation. No physical interferences can be directed by SAPS.
o GPNW members shall withdraw from any scene or incident forthwith upon any violence being used or threatened and shall not confront the perpetrators.
o NOTHING herein contained shall restrict the rights of any member as an individual to defend him or herself using reasonable force so to do if faced with a situation where the member or any other person on duty with such member is subjected to actual or reasonably anticipated violence.
o Any incident shall forthwith be recorded briefly in writing with detail of time, place, number of suspects or perpetrators, description of perpetrators by age, size and colour and clothing followed by a brief description of the incident.
o The detail of the incident must be formally recorded on the form referred to above. If a member of GPNW discharges any firearm such further forms as required by SAPS must be completed.
o No member of GPNW shall release any statement to any media on any matters concerning GPNW unless the Crime Prevention Officer has agreed the content of any statement. If approval is not given within seven days of submitting the proposed statement the member is at liberty to release a statement.
9. Working with SAPS
o SAPS shall be obliged whenever possible to provide members, reservist or assist to arrange for members from other law enforcement agencies to supervise GPNW when patrols are undertaken.
o The Department of Community Safety will decide on approval of all project-funding applications for GPNW as submitted by the Community Police Forum (CPF).
o GPNW and SAPS must share information on matters pertaining to crime prevention and the apprehension of criminals.
o SAPS and CPF must assist each other in the publicity campaign for GPNW.