Police thank staff, community

2016-11-29 06:00

Kirstenhof police held their prestigious awards at The Range last Wednesday to thank the police officers and the community who work together in making the area better.

Kirstenhof police spokesperson Sergeant Deidre Solomom says it was a beautiful day as everyone was thanked for the work they did in the best interests of the station and the community.

Solomon says the station saw a decrease in the number of police officers due to promotions this year.

“Police officers who were left behind had to step up to the plate and had to go beyond the role of the typical job description to make sure that service delivery was continuing. With this the station commander, Lieutenant-Colonel June Cilliers, felt it was important to acknowledge the police officers as well as the community who went beyond the call of duty,” she says.

Awards were handed out for various categories as chosen by Cilliers.

Members of the community were also given certificates of thanks for their support to the police, namely Dessie Rechner (of Pink Ladies), Hester Lourens (Sprecta Zone) and Tony Schreiber (Constantia Valley Neighbourhood Watch).

“Not only was it a token of appreciation but it was also done to improve and boost officers’ morale. Police officers as well as admin support were thanked. Special recognition was also given to the police reservists who come out to assist the station and volunteer in their free time. Cilliers thanked them and saluted them for their dedication,” says Solomon.

Solomon says they wouldn’t have achieved so much if it weren’t for the partnerships they formed with the community.

“Partnerships play a very important role in the fight against crime and Kirstenhof police have a very good relationship with organisations like the neighbourhood watches, armed response and various organisations such as Pink Ladies. It was our chance to roll out the red carpet and thank them.

“As we’re getting into the festive season, the partnership can only grow stronger as together we make sure that people have a safe festive season. We are calling on the community to continue working with us and for others to come on board as well.”

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