Officer commended for service excellence

2017-05-24 06:00
Captain Marisha Pienaar (right) of SAPS Mount Road with a victim of abuse.

Captain Marisha Pienaar (right) of SAPS Mount Road with a victim of abuse.

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CRIMES against women, children and other vulnerable groups is a major concern for the South African Police Service (SAPS) and police officials are constantly reminded of the duties of a police official when it comes to domestic violence.

On Monday, May 15, Captain Marisha Pienaar from SAPS Mount Road went beyond the call of duty to answer the desperate plight of a victim of abuse.

An elderly woman from Bethelsdorp was assaulted by her live-in partner and was taken to hospital by police where she was treated and discharged.

The victim has no family in Port Elizabeth and while at the hospital, someone gave her the telephone number of Captain Pienaar, who is responsible for the victim support centre at SAPS Mount Road.

An SMS was sent to the off-duty captain who was preparing supper for her family at the time. She immediately contacted the woman and went to the hospital, using her private vehicle.

The officer then took her home and provided her with a warm meal, hot bath and a comfortable bed for the night. The following day, the victim accompanied Pienaar to the station and the necessary arrangements were made to have the woman taken to a place of safety.

Station Commander of SAPS Mount Road Brig Neil Jantjies commended the officer for her dedication and passion towards her duties.

“Actions such as these show that the officer is true to her vocation and will not hesitate to go the extra mile in ensuring that victims of abuse are treated with compassion, dignity and respect. As men and women in blue, our every action is scrutinized by the community. However, the actions displayed by Captain Pienaar most certainly diminishes the community’s perception of the police that we are not effective and professional,” said Brig Jantjies.

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