Daily arrests from KZN’s top cop team

2016-10-19 06:00
                                                              PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT Five of the six officers from the Pietermaritzburg police station’s Tracing Team, who were hailed as the best visible policing unit in the province (front, from left) Sergeant Nkosinathi Dladla, Constable Thembinkosi Dlamini, (back, from left) Constable Xolani Shabangu, Warrant Officer Themba Mdunge and Captain Dhanabalan Pillay. Detective Sergeant Dumisani Ngcobo was not present for the photo.

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT Five of the six officers from the Pietermaritzburg police station’s Tracing Team, who were hailed as the best visible policing unit in the province (front, from left) Sergeant Nkosinathi Dladla, Constable Thembinkosi Dlamini, (back, from left) Constable Xolani Shabangu, Warrant Officer Themba Mdunge and Captain Dhanabalan Pillay. Detective Sergeant Dumisani Ngcobo was not present for the photo.

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WITH 384 arrests and a high conviction rate, the six men making up the police service’s Tracing Unit in Pietermaritzburg is a crime-fighting force to be reckoned with.

They were hailed as the best performing visible policing unit in Kwa-Zulu-Natal during the province’s 2016 excellence awards last week.

The team consist of Warrant Officer Themba Mdunge, Detective Sergeant Dumisani Ngcobo, Sergeant Nkosi­nathi Dladla, Constable Xolani Shabangu, Constable Thembinkosi Dlamini and Captain Dhanabalan Pillay, the team’s commander.

The officers work only on serious and violent crimes, tracing and arresting the city’s most wanted suspects.

Some of the team members have been working together for almost a decade and, during the 2015/2016 financial year, effected 384 arrests and, of that figure, secured an 80% conviction rate.

Pillay, who has been in the service for 40 years, said it was a great feeling knowing their hard work had been recognised.

“The team was very excited when they called us up [for the award]. We have been working so hard and the recognition is great,” he said.

Asked about why he thought they were deemed the best in the province, Pillay said the team had always been committed to their work.

“Before we close the doors at the office, we need to know that we have made a difference in the world that day.

“We make arrests on a daily basis­ as well as try to link detained suspects to other cases. My team’s profiling of suspects and their analysis is highly efficient.”

Pillay said they would continue their endeavours next year.

“If we keep working together, we can achieve much more.

“We encourage other officers in the police service to keep up their hard work so they too can be recognised.”

Pietermaritzburg police station commander Brigadier Bonginkosi Zondi said he is very pleased the hard-working team have won an award.

“I am excited that their work has been recognised at a provincial level­.

“I have always overstretched them because of the pressure of our ‘wanted list’, but they always do everything with a smile,” Zondi said.

“I always get positive figures when they deal with a case. This is the beginning of good things to come.”

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