- the services are small, and a policy of 'coverage' through patrolling and visibility is simply not working;
- all the above units and programmes are working reasonably well in themselves, but there is minimal synergy or integration in practice.
Policing (effective, visible, professional and publicly accountable) is an essential element in creating and maintaining safety and a sense of safety in any given neighbourhood. But safety is more than the absence of harm... Read more >>
2. Principles and priorities
There are a few simple and practical principles guiding this approach to creating safety:
- Focus on the future, not the past.
- Focus on opportunities.
- Think issue-based partnership (‘whole-of-society’).
- Different problems and opportunities require different solutions.
3. Tested practices in creating safety
Using the foundation of the design principles for placemaking that we have articulated above, we propose several forms of practice that, if implemented consistently, will lead to less violence and disorder and greater peace, safety and stability in any given neighbourhood.
What all these forms of practice have in common is that they help to create spaces and opportunities for people to think freshly about what they are capable of and develop innovative and effective plans of action.
If you would like assistance from John Cartwright in applying these principles to particular contexts and circumstances, please contact Elaine Atkins at Elaine.Atkins@uct.ac.za