FS police scoop awards

2016-03-23 06:00
RECEIVING their national commissioner award from the acting national commissioner of the SAPS, Lt. Genl JK Phahlane, are Lt. Michael Tholo Kortman (left) and Const. Tsediso Walter Mokoena (right).  Photo: Supplied

RECEIVING their national commissioner award from the acting national commissioner of the SAPS, Lt. Genl JK Phahlane, are Lt. Michael Tholo Kortman (left) and Const. Tsediso Walter Mokoena (right). Photo: Supplied

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THE South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Free State scooped six awards during the third Annual National Service Excellence Awards Ceremony.

This was held recently at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The ceremony was in recognition of SAPS members, reservists and members of the community police forums (CPF) who excelled and rendered distinguished service to the community.

“These awards is an indication that the dedication, commitment and sacrifices that our members display in the performance of their duties do not go unnoticed.

“I take pride in having this cream of the crop in my stable,” said the provincial commissioner, Lt. Genl Thabethe Mpembe.

Paula Johanna Mey scooped the administration employee of the year levels 1 to 7.

Police spokesperson Lt. Col Thandi Mbambo said Mey is an administrator at the Bainsvlei police station and is actively involved in sector policing.

Lt. Col Johannes Gerhardus Gelderblom won the Vispol employee of the year levels 8 to 12.

Gelderblom is the provincial rural safety coordinator in the Free State.

Gelderblom ensures that all the members of the relevant units, such as Vispol, K9 and the Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC), are dispatched to crime scenes swiftly.

He launched a major stock theft prevention project involving the Dewetsdorp, Wepener, Van Stadensrus, Smithfield, Zastron and Rouxville police stations.

Brig. Lensigh Mungal Singh scooped the senior administration manager of the year award levels 13 to 15.

Mbambo said under the leadership of Singh, the overall provincial performance of the organisational development and strategic management component in the Free State was 75,5% in the 2014-’15 financial year.

This happened despite the component being understaffed.

Brig. Thabang Solomon Lesia won the senior operational manager of the year levels 13 to 15.

Lesia has exceeded his output in the management of the Free State war room, daily serious crimes, timelines analysed, suspect linkages and profiling, as well as the analysis of section 205 reports.

Bainsvlei CPF snatched the CPF of the year award.

Lt. Michael Tholo Kortman and Const. Tshediso Walter Mokoena won the national commissioner award.

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