Police celebrate their day

2018-02-09 06:00

JANUARY 27 marked National Police Day and police officers all over the country participated in celebrations, with the main event being hosted by KwaZulu-Natal this year.

Endorsed by Cabinet in 2005, the day is celebrated annually and allows the SAPS to set aside a day to reflect on the previous year, appreciate serving members as well as pay homage to fallen heroes and heroines in blue, provincial spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

The main event, which took place at the Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammarsdale, was attended by the minister, his deputy, the national commissioner and other dignitaries, including top SAPS management, regional police chiefs as well as provincial government representatives.

In commemoration of the day, Margate SAPS spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka speaks about the experiences of being a police officer.

“The role of a police officer first and foremost is to serve and protect each and every citizen of South Africa. This is why it is so important for police officers to be passionate about their work.

One needs to enjoy the work without expectation,” said Mfeka.

He said with rising crime the job is not an easy one and officers need to ensure that they utilise the programmes and resources available to them while on the job.

“Police officers must use the resources available to them to ensure their safety. Our cars have radios, use them.

And always have back up with you, all these protocols are put in place to ensure your safety,” said Mfeka.

He also said that joining the police service impacts on officers’ lives off duty.

“When you are a police officer you can’t go drinking at local taverns because a fight might break out and you will not be able to act in your capacity as a law enforcer because you may be under the influence of alcohol. Even worse, you might endanger yourself and others with your firearm.

“So certain things need to change in your life when you become an officer,” said Mfeka.

“I would like to pay tribute to the hard-working police officers in the region and the country as a whole. And to the public, please remember that you can help lower the rate of crime by working with the police.

“If any members of the public witness or come to know about a crime being committed, please inform your local police, you don’t have to mention your name, just report it and help the police in their work for safer, crime-free communities.”

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