SAPS hold prayer day

2015-10-01 06:00
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Some of the officers and staff who attended the prayer day.

PHOTO: supplied Some of the officers and staff who attended the prayer day.

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THE National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Riah Phiyega, declared last year that September shall be National Police Safety Month with the objective of increasing safety awareness and highlighting measures to reduce attacks on and murders of police officials.

Police stations countrywide observed prayer meetings during this month to pray for divine protection and guidance of SAPS employees as they go about their duties fighting crime.

The SAPS top management and the entire country is concerned about the increasing police killings.

The Scottburgh SAPS, in conjunction with pastors and members of local churches, formed a prayer circle that holds prayer meetings once a month in the Scottburgh SAPS conference hall. This month marks four years since the inception of this initiative. It was decided that both the fourth anniversary of the prayer circle and the SAPS prayer day be combined and observed on Wednesday, 23 September.

The event was well attended by community church members and the Scottburgh SAPS. The Scottburgh Community Policing Forum chairperson, Jomo Bhengu, also attended the prayer meeting and has committed himself to joining us at our monthly prayer meetings.

Pastor Marius Swart, who officiated at our inaugural prayer service four years ago, played the guitar and led all in praise and worship and scripture reading.

An air of peace and tranquillity prevailed as he delivered an inspiring sermon, followed by prayers for the safety and well-being of all SAPS members throughout the country.

Scottburgh SAPS station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Praga Naicker, called on his members to always be vigilant when performing their duties, especially when going into volatile situations.

“All members have been instructed to wear their bullet- proof vest when reporting on duty to minimise the chances of them getting shot and wounded, or killed.

“We also have programmes in place to help members maintain fitness levels and improve their crime-combatting skills so they will be better prepared to protect themselves from attack,” he said.

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