About the Cape Town Metro

Police Department (CTMPD)

Some municipalities, including the major metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town and Durban, have police services which operate separately to the SAPS.

These Metro Police Departments (MPDs) are responsible for the following types of policing:

  • traffic policing;

  • enforcing municipal by-laws and regulations; and

  • preventing crime.

The CTMPD does not investigate crime. If a CTMPD officer arrests a person, that officer is required to transfer the suspect into the custody of the SAPS as soon as possible. In this way, the CTMPD is required to work in cooperation with the SAPS.