SAPS awarded for OUTSTANDING work

2016-03-03 06:00
 PHOTO: supplied With their awards (from left) Captain Pragesan Chetty, Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie Yeni, Major General Thembi Ndlovu, Brigadier Agnes Nxamangele and Colonel William Slabbert.

PHOTO: supplied With their awards (from left) Captain Pragesan Chetty, Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie Yeni, Major General Thembi Ndlovu, Brigadier Agnes Nxamangele and Colonel William Slabbert.

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PORT Shepstone and Umzinto SAPS scooped a number of awards at the Community and Police Services Excellence Awards hosted by Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu, in Durban on Friday.

The Port Shepstone Tactical Response Unit was named the best in the province, while the Port Shepstone SAPS station received a gold award for the best station and a silver­ award for the second best crime prevention unit.

In order to achieve these accolades, the unit and station were judged on certain criteria - service delivery, compliance of the Domestic Violence Act, performance of the station and unit, decrease in crime, number of arrests, awareness campaign and drives carried out - were some.

Umzinto received awards for the best crime prevention unit and for the best community service centre and victim-friendly facility.

Cluster commander, Major General­ Thembi Ndlovu congratulated the commanders of both stations and conveyed her appreciation to members who made this possible.

“I would also like to thank the community for being whistle blowers. We encourage community members to come forward and report criminal activities.”

“As SAPS, your [community] safety will always be our first priority. We will continue to strive to decrease crime.”

The biggest accomplishment for the Port Shepstone precinct has been the reduction of reported sexual­ offences. In 2014, 461 cases were reported, but this number fell to 85 in 2015.

In the same period, common robbery cases dropped from 126 to 87.

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