27 Years in the SAPS

2017-07-11 06:03
Captain L Smith, Hillcrest SAPS communications officer.Photo: Supplied

Captain L Smith, Hillcrest SAPS communications officer.Photo: Supplied

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DEDICATED to protecting and serving her community, Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith is in her 27th year in the force.

Smith says she always wanted to join the police. “When I was in standard 3 I lived in Glen Anil. A man committed suicide around the corner from our house and my father wanted to go [to the house]. I asked him to take me with and he said I was too young. As I watched him pull out the driveway I stood there pondering the thought of how it would be possible for me to see things like that, and it hit me.

“The police must attend all these things and I decided there and then I wanted to join the police - I never changed my mind.”

The 45-year-old says her passion is her work and her family.

“I feel really blessed to have such amazing people in my life, which includes my fiancé, children, ex-husband, parents and friends.”

Speaking about her career Smith said she joined the force in 1991 and was a student for six months before going to college in Pretoria.

“After passing I returned to Durban Central and performed community service centre duties until 1996. I then went to the detective branch and worked at the enquiry staff until 2003 and got a transfer to Hillcrest Police Station as I moved to the area.

“I was appointed the designated firearms officer in 2006 and remained there for 11 years until I recently got promoted to captain at the post of communications. I love the community here.

“There is a sense of family morals and warmth. I loved working in the firearm office and dealing with the public hands on.

“That is the busiest office I have ever worked in my entire career, but I have met and made awesome friends over the past decade,” she said.

Smith said that being in the police force is not as easy as it seems.

“Working odd hours, being called out, working on the weekends, and so on, it can be hard juggling a private life and being in the police. All you need is dedication and perseverance.

“People always ask me, ‘are you not scared?’. I am not sure why this question always gets asked, but I always reply, ‘I can get killed crossing the street just as easily’.”

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