Neighbourhood Watch Kempton Park Sector 2.1 Code of Conduct and Constitution

This code of conduct and the constitution shall be binding on all neighbourhood watch members.
Definitions:
Code of Conduct – How we are expected to behave towards each other and the public.
Constitution – How we are made up, our principles (what we believe in and stand by) and how we govern ourselves.

Objectives
Definition – A thing that is aimed at or sought, also known as goals.

  1. To create public awareness with regard to safety, crime prevention and protection of families and their property.
  2. To encourage the community to work in close co-operation with SAPS and other structures such as local authorities who are involved in law enforcement.
  3. To ensure the neighbourhood watch acts within the framework of the law.
  4. To create and maintain systems of communication that assist with the achievement of the associations aims.

 

Our Area

  1. Our Sector has 6 Boundary Streets. These are:
    1. Van Riebeeck Road on the North up to where it intersects with:
    2. Miller Avenue in the West and:
    3. Monument Road on the East. Down until:
    4. Van der Walt Street but excluding Sir Pierre Van Rynefeld. This necessitates that the boundary includes a portion of:
    5. Peter Avenue that runs alongside Sir Pierre and the portion of:
    6. Commissioner Street that also runs alongside Sir Pierre Van Rynefeld down to where Miller Avenue begins.


Abbreviations and Definitions used in this Document

  1. Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association has become known as NBHW in our area. This is not an accurate abbreviation, however as a community it is the abbreviation that we have all come to recognize as belonging to ourselves. For the purposes of this document only. We may from time to time use NBHW. For legal purposes when you see that abbreviation it refers only to Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association
  2. Dangerous Weapons” means as defined by The Dangerous Weapon Act No 71 of 1968, shall mean “any object, other than a firearm, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury if it were used to commit an assault.”
  3. Executive Committee or Exco means the elected office bearers comprising Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretariat and any other co-opted office bearer(s) deemed necessary by the Executive Committee for the effective functioning of the Executive Committee.
  4. Local Community Police Forum means the Local CPF of the South African Police Service districts in which the area falls.


Member Code of Conduct

Behaviour

  1. The members must act non-violently, and no member may take the law into his or her own hands
  2. Members shall conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner towards other members.
  3. No member shall condone behaviour that is deemed to be sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory.

Weapons

  1. No member will be allowed to carry dangerous weapons while patrolling.
  2. Members with firearms must declare them to the South African Police.

Criminal Offenses

  1. If the member is found guilty of serious criminal offence. The neighbourhood watch must suspend or terminate the membership, depending on the merits of the case.
  2. All Neighbourhood Watch members are required to disclose any criminal records or criminal cases pending against them. Failure to do so may result in suspension.

Confidentiality

  1. Members may not divulge any confidential or privileged information that they have acquired as a result of their membership.

The Media

  1. Members may not address the media, nor make public announcements, in matters connected to the business of the neighbourhood watch structure without the authority of the neighbourhood watch structures executive committee.

Voluntary Services

  1. No member may accept any payment, commission or gratuity in connection with his or her membership of the neighbourhood watch structure, except after being authorized to do so by the executive committee.
  2. No member may exploit his or her membership to his or her own personal advantage or benefit.
  3. Members may not use confidential or privileged information that they have acquired as a result of their membership for personal benefit.
  4. Members may not gather contact information from Neighbourhood Watch Whatsap groups that they have been added to for any reason other than that of the Neighbourhood Watch.
  5. Members shall not use Neighbourhood Watch communication systems for advertising or promoting of private businesses.

Summary of Member Conduct

  1. Members should at all times act in a manner that will uphold and promote the aims and objectives of the neighbourhood watch structure as put forth in the constitution and code of conduct.

Our Principles

  1. Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association is a non profit making organization.
  2. Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association must be non-politically aligned.
  3. Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association must operate in partnership with the South African Police Services and within the framework of the law.
  4. Patrols must only use minimum force as described in the criminal procedures act no 75 of 1997 to secure the arrest of the perpetrator of an offence and no intimidation in whatever form may be used in the communities where such patrols take place.
  5. Penalties in Case of Infringement
    The Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association shall penalise a member if such member is found guilty of misconduct or has brought the good name of the association into disrepute, depending on the merits of the case.
  6. Conflicts
    Where a conflict between the code of conduct and constitution and the Provincial Constitution and Code of Conduct for Neighbourhood Watch Structures, the latter shall be decisive.
  7. Understandings
    The neighbourhood watch structure and it’s members is not a substitution for the South African Police Services.

Use and Control of Funds

  1. The Kempton Park Neighbourhood Watch Sector 2.1 Association shall be permitted to hold fund-raising campaigns for the purpose of furthering it’s stated aims and objectives.
  2. A decision to embark on such campaigns must be reached in consultation with the local Community Police Forum and the South African Police Services.
  3. All government funding must be controlled by the CPF and the SAPS, and other funds acquired from other sources shall be controlled and administered by the neighbourhood watch structure concerned.

Who May Apply for Membership

  1. Membership of Kempton Park Sector 2.1 Neighbourhood Watch Association shall be open to all who own property or who reside in the area or have a direct business or other interest in the area subject to the criteria as set out in this constitution
  2. Membership of the association shall be based upon the principles of non-racism, non-sexism and democracy.
  3. Membership shall be open to all irrespective of race, colour, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.
  4. The neighbourhood watch structure may determine it’s own membership fee. In cases where there is a membership fee payable, payment of such fee must be on a voluntary basis.
  5. Membership fees, donations and or monies raised in fund raising are non-refundable.

Resolution of Disputes

  1. If any dispute arises, the Executive Committee must attempt to resolve such disputes.
  2. If the dispute cannot be resolved by the Neighbourhood Watch Executive Committee the local CPF must attempt to resolve such disputes.
  3. If the dispute cannot be resolved by the local CPF the dispute shall be referred to the CPF Area board.
  4. Failure to resolve such dispute will lead to the dispute being taken to the CPF Provincial Board and the decision of that structure will be final and binding.
  5. Identity Cards
    All neighbourhood watch structures shall have identity cards. With the understanding that members shall be responsible for the payment of a set amount for their personal identity cards and the costs involved with acquiring any photographs required for them.
  6. The identity cards of members shall not be similar to the ones used by members of SAPS.
  7. These identity cards must have a photograph of the member, his or her genuine signature, a serial or station code and authorized signature of the SAPS local station commander.

Logos and Letterheads

  1. The logo and letterhead of the Neighbourhood Watch association should not be offensive.
  2. The neighbourhood watch association may not use the same logo as the one used by SAPS.

Accountability

  1. The neighbourhood watch structure shall be accountable to the local CPF in it’s area.
  2. The neighbourhood watch association shall be accountable to the Area Board of the CPF in the police area.

Composition

  1. The neighbourhood watch structure shall consist of individual households in demarcated areas, street, sections, flats, farms, wards or zones of the area.
  2. The neighbourhood watch shall consist of elected members of the neighbourhood watch structures in demarcated areas as described in the previous point.

Liability

  1. A neighbourhood watch is not a legal person and does not have powers in law to act or be acted upon.
  2. All individual members of a neighbourhood watch act in their own capacity as individuals and liability shall be in that capacity.
  3. The association shall not be responsible for civil or criminal actions or omissions that are perpetrated by a member of a neighbourhood watch structure nor responsible for civil or criminal actions or omissions against its member neighbourhood watch structures or individuals.
  4. The neighbourhood watch structure shall not be responsible for civil or criminal actions or omissions that are perpetrated by a member of a neighbourhood watch structure, nor responsible for criminal actions or omissions against its members.

Indemnity

  1. An indemnity form which indemnifies the neighbourhood watch structure from being held liable for actions by members of the neighbourhood watch structure must be completed by all persons who wish to join the neighbourhood watch structure.
  2. The indemnity form referred to above must clearly state that a neighbourhood watch structure is a voluntary association.

Aims

  1. To nurture a sense of unity, dedication and good neighbourly relations among the residents of the area.
  2. To serve as a watchdog over the community and safeguard the community against criminal activities.
  3. To strive for a safe and secure environment.

I hereby acknowledge that I have no criminal record or criminal cases pending against me and that I agree to  abide by the agreements set forth here as well as the laws of the land.

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