Roll Call: SA Police Services

Programme Notes: CTMT 2007

12-massed-military-bands-3“The South African Police Services Band, Western Cape, was established in 1968, and in the four decades since has acquired an enviable reputation among all parts of the community. Under the baton of Superintendent T P Fisher, the Director of Music, the band performs at a variety of formal and informal functions, with a repertoire ranging from profound classical pieces to modern light music. Individual bandsmen also plough their knowledge and skills back into the community though tutoring both novice musicians and advanced students.” (CTMT 2007)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2009

SA Police Services Band of the Western Cape

mvi_5230-3“The South African Police Services Band of the Western Cape was established on 16 October 1968. It takes almost thirty years for bands and choirs to develop a characteristic sound by which the group can be recognised. Since the SAPS Band of the Western Cape has been in existence for 40 years, it has seen several musicians, as well as Bandmasters, come and go.

Police bands represent and market the SAPS as an organisation at events where they perform and use the universal language of music to bring communities closer together and unify people from different cultural backgrounds. They also ensure that the image of the ‘dignified blue’ is carried out to the public and that a sense of pride is fostered in being a police member, to build morale and camaraderie in the internal environment.” (CTMT 2009)

 

SA Police Services Mounted Unit

mvi_5346-3“The concept of a mounted unit was tested as a pilot project in the Western Cape in December 2007, with members gathered from other mounted units all over the country. This led to the official commissioning of our own Western Cape Mounted Unit on 1 April 2008, with a contingent of 14 horses and 17 police members. Since their inception the unit has been expanded to 27 horses and 30 members.

The stables are situated in Tamboerskloof and police members and their horses are deployed from there daily to various areas in the Peninsula where a need for mounted patrols is identified. The horses have proved to be highly effective in their application to control crowds, increase visible policing, do crime prevention duties and policing areas not conducive to vehicle patrols. Their operational duties include, among others, the policing of big events, for example: the KKNK in Oudtshoorn, police open days and displays, the 2009 Youth Day Celebration in Kleinmond and sports events at the Athlone and Newlands Stadia.” (CTMT 2009)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2010

SA Police Services Band of the Western Cape

“The South African Police Services (SAPS) Band of the Western Cape was established on 16 October 1968.

It takes almost 30 years for bands and choirs to develop a characteristic sound by which the group can be recognised. Since the SAPS Band of the Western Cape has been in existence for more than 40 years, it has seen several musicians, as well as Bandmasters, come and go.

Police bands represent and market the SAPS as an organisation at events where they perform, and they use the universal language of music to bring communities closer together and to unify people from different cultural backgrounds. They also ensure that the image of the ‘dignified blue’ is carried out to the public and that a sense of pride is fostered in being a police member, to build morale and camaraderie in the internal environment.” (CTMT 2010)

 

SA Police Services Mounted Unit

“The concept of a mounted unit was tested as a pilot project in the Western Cape in December 2007, with members gathered from other mounted units all over the country. This led to the official commissioning of our own Western Cape Mounted Unit on 1 April 2008, with a contingent of 14 horses and 17 police members. Since their inception the unit has been expanded to 27 horses and 30 members.

The stables are situated in Tamboerskloof and police members and their horses are deployed from there daily to various areas in the Peninsula where a need for mounted patrols is identified. The horses have proved to be highly effective in their application to control crowds, increase visible policing, do crime prevention duties and policing areas not conducive to vehicle patrols. Their operational duties include, among others, the policing of big events, for example: the KKNK in Oudtshoorn, police open days and displays, the 2009 Youth Day Celebration in Kleinmond and sports events at the Athlone and Newlands Stadia.” (CTMT 2010)