Burning passion for serving SA inspires me, says police officer

2015-12-26 08:16

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Bloemfontein – The festive season is in full swing and for holiday makers it's business as usual, while duty calls for some.  

This is the case for Sergeant Lloyd Ramovha from Parkview police station in Johannesburg, who will be on the call of duty during the Christmas holidays in order to render the country a secure place to live in.   

Ramovha, who has been in the police service for 14 years, says officers should always be selfless when they serve their country.  

Even though he wouldn't be spending quality time with family during the holidays, Ramovha says the burning passion towards serving the country inspires him.  

"A phone call or two to loved ones during a tour of duty helps. The job itself requires one to make a lot of personal sacrifices," he told News24.  

Ramovha says, although his work is demanding, he always gets a "feeling of fulfillment" after helping a victim of crime, and positively contributing in justice being served.  

"Just like any other job, being a police officer comes with its own challenges. One is literally expected to have one's finger on the pulse constantly and always act according to the rules and laws of the country as and when situations arise," he said.  

During the current atmosphere of "senseless attacks" on law enforcers, one always prays and hopes to make it home to loved ones unharmed, he added.  

Ramovha said one of the major challenges for officers was the "never ending portrayal of police officer in bad light". The good work that the police did was not featured prominently in the media, he added. 

What really inspires Ramovha?

"I was inspired at an early age by a close relative Enos Murwanthi who recently retired after 38 faithful years."

He said if one wants to join the police force, they must be willing to make personal sacrifices.  

They should aspire to render the country a secure place to live in, they must also be selfless, passionate, and empathetic and be able to deal with all kinds of people and situations, said Ramovha.    

"In keeping with the oath I took, I wish everyone a safe festive season and equally so, a crime free 2016. I subscribe to #CrimeMustFall that the year also marks the beginning of the end to attacks on law enforcers."

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