Crime heroes also get badges

2015-08-04 06:00

Neighbourhood watch members who go above and beyond to keep their community safe will now be recognised in a quarterly award from the Cape Town Central Community Police Forum (CPF).

The first recipient will be awarded today.

CPF chairperson Nicola Jowell says rewarding good service has been a personal goal of hers.

“It has been a long-term objective of mine to institute a system that allows us to recognise and reward people who go the extra mile in what they do. Complaining comes to us all so quickly and easily but, for some reason, when it comes to compliments and praise people generally seem to be slower off the mark,” she says.

The CPF has had an award for police officer of the month for just over a year, but Jowell feels it was time to expand.

“There are so many other organisations that work with the police in combating and responding to crime that we wanted to have an opportunity to recognise and reward members of those groups who have shown excellence,” she says.

The award will also be given to organisations that partner with the CPF and police, Jowell says.

“People are individually and collectively giving their time and resources to assist the police and the rest of their neighbourhoods. We have seen prevention through visible patrols, fast reactions to neighbours in distress and feeding of excellent information to the police to allow for arrests,” she says.

Nominations can be received from any individual, for themselves, colleagues or members in other organisations. The management of any organisation is also able to nominate individuals. V

Email nominations for the quarterly crime-fighting award to

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