Student constables shown the ropes

2016-06-16 06:00
PHOTO: supplied With the apprehended suspect (from left) Student Constable Matthew King, Warrant Officer ‘PC Naicker, Constable Ashley Ramsingh, Student Constable Wynand Prinsloo, Student Constable Donovan Horne, Captain ‘DC’ Mkhize and (back) Warrant Officer Johan Terreblanche.

PHOTO: supplied With the apprehended suspect (from left) Student Constable Matthew King, Warrant Officer ‘PC Naicker, Constable Ashley Ramsingh, Student Constable Wynand Prinsloo, Student Constable Donovan Horne, Captain ‘DC’ Mkhize and (back) Warrant Officer Johan Terreblanche.

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EXPERIENCED police members at Port Shepstone police station are showing new student constables how crime fighting is done.

On Thursday morning, members from the Crime Prevention Unit at Port Shepstone, and three student constables, were doing random patrol and stop-and-search duties when they saw a suspicious person walking on the main Harding road near Mkholombe.

“The suspect immediately ran into nearby bushes when he saw the police vehicle coming to a standstill,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

Assistance from the K9 unit was requested and Warrant Officer Johan Terreblanche and Constable Ashley Ramsingh responded.

Within minutes patrol dog, Shaka and handler Ramsingh, cornered the suspect and searched him.

He was found in possession of a 7.65 mm Browning pistol with six rounds, which was stolen during May 1999 in Gauteng.

The suspect, in his thirties, will be charged for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence and will appear in court soon.

Profiling of the suspect, who is originally from the Eastern Cape, is also being done to see if he is a wanted person.

Currently there are seven student constables at Port Shepstone.

“They have completed their 10-month basic training in college and are now busy with practical training at the station,” said Wiid.

Warrant Officer “PC” Naicker, a field training officer, oversees their practical experience at the station. - Supplied.

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