Police honoured, partnership celebrated

2017-09-27 06:01
Capt. Doggy Magugu of the Galeshewe police cluster received the award for the best individual at the annual awards ceremony of Tracker and the SAPS. From the left are Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri, Magugu and Ron Knott-Craig (operations ­director of Tracker Connect). Photo: Supplied

Capt. Doggy Magugu of the Galeshewe police cluster received the award for the best individual at the annual awards ceremony of Tracker and the SAPS. From the left are Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri, Magugu and Ron Knott-Craig (operations ­director of Tracker Connect). Photo: Supplied

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Capt. Doggy Magugu of the Galeshewe police cluster received the award for the best individual at the annual South African Police Service (SAPS) and Tracker awards ceremony held at the Namakwari Lodge in Kathu on Monday, 18 September.

Magugu reportedly outshone ten other Northern Cape police officers to receive this award.

Members of the police were recognised and presented with awards in three categories, namely the special mention award, the best individual award and the best unit award.

According to Capt. Olebogeng Tawana, the ceremony was held to honour the members and units of the SAPS who have made a contribution to the fight against vehicle crime in South Africa and the Northern Cape by forming a valuable partnership between Tracker and the police.

Hosted by Tracker, in partnership with the SAPS in the Northern Cape, the ceremony was held selfless deeds and hard work of the officers who contributed to the recovery of stolen and hijacked vehicles in the Northern Cape.

of the best performing and selfless police officers, who immensely contributed positively in the recovery.

The best unit award was given to the ZF Mgcawu cluster’s highway patrol team, which was lauded for having made a valuable contribution towards the fight against vehicle crime in the Northern Cape.

The unit reportedly recovered stolen and hijacked vehicles by making use of the Tracker connect technology.

The winning team of the ZF Mgcawu cluster competed against the teams of the John Taolo Gaetsewe and Frances Baard clusters.

These units were also praised for their assistance in the recovering of stolen and hijacked vehicles, missing persons and wanted suspects.

The teams will go to the national awards ceremony on 6 October, where they will stand against the individual and unit winners from each province.

The national winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) International Training Seminar, hosted in Pittsburgh, America, in 2018.

This year, the IAATI seminar was hosted in Cape Town from 27 August to 1 September, where it provided a week’s training on the latest information on vehicle crime investigation, motor vehicle identification and vehicle crime trends.

IAATI delegates in attendance included representatives of law enforcement agencies, the insurance industry, banking institutions, vehicle manufacturers, security experts, forensic specialists and other relevant stakeholders.

Operations director of Tracker Connect, Ron Knott-Craig, referred to the partnership with the SAPS as a source of immense pride to, especially as it will have spanned 21 years in October 2017.

He believes the partnership has achieved tremendous success over the past 21 years.

“This partnership is undoubtedly a model of how the public and private sector can work together for the greater good of our country and all its citizens.”

“Furthermore, it is probably appropriate to quote two statistics that are the out and out result of the Tracker/SAPS partnership,”he gloated.

According to Knott-Craig, more than 83 000 vehicles have been recovered; approximately to the value of R12,5 billion.

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