Police officers rewarded for long service

2015-05-05 06:00

“Give them the best service you can and make their experience a good one.”

These were the word of wisdom given to the men and women in blue at a recent medal parade at Wynberg police station.

The event which was hosted by station commander Brigadier Riaan Booysen was aimed at rewarding officers for their years of service.

In his address, Booysen took officers back to their first day and said while police faced many challenges it was important to remember why they joined the force.

“We are often the first call for anything that happens. If a bomb explodes outside this building, the public will come to us first. Crime has a negative effect on all of us and you must remember why you joined the police. You must always strive to do the best you can,” he said.

Booysen also explained the trauma associated with crime and explained this is often exacerbated when people receive bad service from police.

“I’m sure if you ask the public, majority of them will say they had a bad experience with police. That experience stays with them and will always be the first thing they think of when it comes to police. At Wynberg we are lucky to have dedicated officers but today I would like to encourage you to deliver an excellent service,” he said.

Officers received 10 and 20 year service medals. The ceremony was also attended Shamila Nicholas, chairperson of the Community Police Forum.

She congratulated officers and thanked them for their dedication.

“We would like to salute each and every officer for the role they play. We know its not an easy task especially when you have to be away from your families, but we are grateful for the tremendous amount of work you do,” she concluded

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