New commander ready for challenge

2015-08-12 06:00
THE new station commander of Ventersburg, Capt. Jonathan Phakoe.

THE new station commander of Ventersburg, Capt. Jonathan Phakoe.

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THE Ventersburg police prides itself in having a new station commander, Capt. Jonathan Phakoe, who is ready to tackle the challenge of fighting crime head-on. He was transferred from Smithfield in the Southern Free State to take over the reins from Capt. Mathapelo Ramatsa.

Phakoe is not new in the Goldfields region, having served at the Thabong Police Station in Welkom. From 2008 to 2013 he served in the Thabong Detective Unit, Welkom Police Detective Unit, Odendaalsrus Detective Unit and was later deployed to Hoopstad as a station commander.

Phakoe has valuable experience in combatting crime, having been involved in fighting gangsterism among the youth while working in Hertzogville. He achieved a measure of success by reducing the level of crime which was the result of youngsters organising themselves into gangs.

Under his watch the Smithfield police station was transformed from a poor-performing one to one of the best.

This earned him awards in all the quarters of the 2013-’14 financial year presented at the Provincial Quarterly Awards.

He also acted as a Smithfield cluster commander in the absence of the commander.

Phakoe has worked himself up in the police ranks to a position of management and his performance saw him being promoted to the rank of captain in 2006, after which he assumed command of the Hertzogville station.

He looks forward to gaining the trust of the community in fighting crime. Some of the major challenges facing him are stocktheft, housebreaking and copper cable theft.

“I am confident that we have members who are committed and willing to serve and who know what they have to do. We are therefore capable of taking on these crime challenges,” Phakoe said

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