Visibility deters crime – new CCPO head

New CCPO general manager, Ronnie Winter took up his position from 1 February.

The Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO) is in good hands under new general manager, Ronnie Winter (68).

Ronnie, whose first language is Afrikaans, was born and did his schooling in Ermelo. He joined the South African Police Service in 1971 and rose through the ranks to become station commander at Durban Central. He ‘retired’ in 2003 as a brigadier.

He joined Enforce for nine-and-a-half years, first in its control room then overseeing its quality management systems, before officially retiring. He lived in the Upper Highway area until he moved to Toti seven years ago.

Bored at home, he called up old friend and CCPO vice-chairman, Willie Olivier to offer his services as a volunteer. That soon changed to a permanent post when CEO Eugene Engelbrecht resigned. Ronnie officially takes over on 1 February.

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“I will keep up the good work done by Eugene. He did an absolutely amazing job,” said Ronnie. “I don’t think even the CCPO board of directors realise just how good.” Ronnie has been married to Yellowwood Park Primary School teacher Elma for 30 years and they have four children – Gary (41), Hugo (39), Eleonore (35) and Cathy (32).

He is an avid golfer with a lowest handicap of 14. For relaxation he enjoys watching cricket, rugby and tennis on TV, or reading detective novels and brushing up on his knowledge of management subjects.

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“I think the way forward for the CCPO is to continue building relationships with SAPS, Metro Police and other security agencies. They can help guide us to hot spots where crime is prevelant. Crime threats can be analysed regularly and we can post guards where the need is the greatest.

I also want to increase the CCPO’s client base, which will help us increase our manpower on the streets. I’m a firm believer in visibility deters crime. I ask our clients to give me some time to settle into my new role. I will make contact with each one on a personal basis once I am settled. If anyone would like to meet with me, call the office on 031-903-7037 and I will make myself available, even after hours.”

 

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