Business Against Crime South Africa, the South African Police Services and the private security industry started with the Eyes and Ears (E2) Initiative in the Western Cape on 2020/03/04.
The Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) is an official joint crime-fighting initiative between the South African Police Service (SAPS), Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and the Private Security Industry (PSI) whereby the PSI formally cooperates with the SAPS by relaying information directly to the Provincial Operational Command Centre (POCC) and in some instances, receiving such relevant information directly from it.
The E2 has also been implemented in Gauteng. More than 60 companies have joined the initiative.
The PSI, through BACSA, has at least one representative on a 24/7 basis in the POCC. All PSI participants use the agreed Integrated Communications Platform (ICP) which uses the Push-To-Talk (HALO PTT) technology over Cellular communication network and a Telegram/WhatsApp group to communicate with the PSI staff in the E2 POCC.
All private security companies that are interested are welcome to join. Plans are afoot to implement the E2 it the Eastern Cape and KZN in May this year.
The objectives of the E2 initiative are:
– To enhance the situational awareness of the SAPS by using the Private Security Industry’s (PSI) geographical deployment footprint for the sharing of information.
– To enhance operational response to crime hotspot areas, violent crimes, TRIO crimes and with specific emphasis on crimes which are heavily dependent on situational information and a shared concern for both the SAPS and the PSI.
– To allow for the PSI to assist each other (and SAPS) where needed in a non-commercial and non-competitive capacity.
For more information and to join please go to https://e2.bac.org.za/Landing.