Opening new lines of communication at Verulam SAPS

2017-08-10 06:01
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THE new Verulam SAPS communications officer, Captain Henry Kistan, is asking the public to support sector managers working in their areas in order to enhance the level of communication between the community and the police.

Kistan is taking over from media liaison officer, Captain Mark Prakasim, who had been acting from 2014.

Captain Kistan joined the police service in 1984 as student constable in Phoenix and now boasts 33 years experience with the SAPS.
In 1991 he was promoted to sergeant at the Phoenix SAPS. Then in 1993 he was promoted to warrant officer and in 1996 was promoted to captain.

“I resumed my duties as communications officer on July 31. I was appointed by our station commander Brigadier Dludla. I also perform operational duties at the station, going out to attend complaints

Kistan told the Weekly that communication is all about the police and community working together to make a conducive environment.

“The most important aspect of the communications officer is to market the station. Our sector managers are using social media platforms to communicate with residents in the areas they serve.

“The community must work with the police and report all crime. I will be working with all sector managers in policing to improve the communication and the police.
“The public should be involved in sector policing forums in order to root out criminal activities in their communities.”

Captain Prakasim told the Weekly: “I wish him all the best. I am certain he will serve the community in a very excellent manner.”

Station commander Brigadier Victor Dludla said: “We believe he is a good candidate for the position with good experience. We will give him all the support to ensure we maintain good communication between the station and the public.”

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