Mower is broken, so Alexandra police staff bring their own

2012-01-18 00:00

CITY police and their admin staff yesterday spent part of their working day fighting crime at grassroots level in the most literal sense.

With no budget to fix a broken mower, staff at Alexandra Police Station rolled up their sleeves, forgot their ranks and joined forces to mow the rampantly growing lawn and garden around the heritage site.

“We were ordered by the station commissioner to make sure that by Friday the grass should be cut,” said Captain Belinda Walters.

Everyone from human resources, logistics and administration was asked to be part of the cleaning campaign to beautify their workplace, she said. “We asked members to bring their equipment as we don’t have enough, and people volunteered to help.”

Walters told The Witness that the police station was in a financial crisis and that certain spare parts for gardening equipment could not be ordered in time because of suppliers having closed for the festive season. “The members volunteered their services, brought along their own equipment and used this opportunity as a team building exercise,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan.

Station Commander Colonel V.T. Dlamini praised his staff for their dedication and for taking pride in their surroundings.

The red brick building was completed in 1890 and originally housed the Natal Mounted Police Headquarters. It is a heritage site, formerly known as a national monument

The men and women in blue who work there love the grand old Pietermaritzburg landmark so much they were prepared to go the extra mile and keep its surroundings tidy and beautiful.

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