‘Let’s join hands in fight against crime’- brigadier

2017-07-06 06:00
New SAPS head, Brigadier Victor Dludla joins Verulam SAPS. Photo: andile sithole

New SAPS head, Brigadier Victor Dludla joins Verulam SAPS. Photo: andile sithole

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THE new Verulam SAPS station commander, Brigadier Victor Dludla (46), urged communities to work with the police in the fight against crime.

With 24 years’ experience in the police service, Dludla believes the critical role that every community member has to play is to establish a good relationship with the police in order to root out criminal activities.

However, he believes that the wrong perception about the police continues to rear its head in some communities.

“ I believe there is a misunderstanding in the community about the work we do. Police are being blamed for the things they are not responsible for.

“When we arrest a suspect and the matter goes to court, the court then decides to release the suspect on bail, it is not our duty to sentence the suspect. That’s something our community must understand.

“There are plans in place at our station to educate our communities about our duty as police officers.

“We also have a communication officer at the police station whose duty is to market the station [to the community]. Our sector managers are required to go to the public and spread the word about crime and create crime awareness.”

Dludla joined SAPS in 1993 at the Ulundi Academy where he trained police officers after completing his Bachelor of Law degree. In 1995 he moved to Pretoria West Police Academy for one year where he worked as constable.

In 1996 returned to Ulundi working in crime prevention. That same year he was promoted to sergeant, and keep that rank until 1998.

Dludla grew within the ranks until he was promoted to captain in 2002. He also worked in KZN Midlands and Eshowe and Newcastle.

He was station commander at Ezakheni­ from 2011 to 2016.

“In October last year I was transferred to Umbumbulu where I was the station commander. I was then promoted to brigadier. This year I resumed duties as station commander at Verulam.”

Dludla told the Weekly the station commander’s main task is to ensure efficiency at the station.

“The station commander has to ensure that dockets opened [at the station] are attended to by detectives. Most importantly, the service we give to people should always be of a high standard. It is the station commander’s duty to ensure that people have a good impression of the station.”

Brigadier Dludla took over from station commander Colonel Ngubane who was transferred to the Brighton Beach SAPS in April.

Verulam CPF chairperson Duncan Dube said: “The most important thing is that he comes with vast experience. I think he is the right person for our station. In relation to the fight against crime, I would like to encourage the public to work with the police. Both parties [residents and police] are important in creating safer environment.”

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim said: “We welcome Brigadier Dludla and wish him all the best in the Verulam area. We are glad to have a commander and of his experience.”



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