Police officer in her element

2015-06-24 06:00


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HAVING taken an opportunity to try and make a difference, Sgt Precia Mgogodlana has excelled to the extent that she has received national recognition for her efforts.

The Bachelor of Policing Practice student at the University of the Free State is the community policing officer for the Mangaung Police Station in Bloemfontein and was recently announced as the national ambassador and overall winner in the visible policing category for employees in levels one to seven.

The bubbly Mgogodlana works closely with community policing forums (CPFs) to take care of vulnerable members of our society and find lasting solutions to social ills commonly associated with these groups.

Express editor, Jabulani Dlamini, spoke to her about her achievements, plans and life in general.

What do you think you did differently to succeed in sector policing?

In my job as a police officer, I have found that success comes when I deal with other people’s problems by taking them seriously and I do this by making their problems my own.

You were busy studying towards a BCom Accounting degree when you switched to a Bachelor of Policing Practice degree, why the change?

While busy with my Bcom Accounting degree, I got the call that I had been accepted into the police service and I saw this as a calling and decided to align my studies with my work. God will direct you in life and this is where I want to be, I have found happiness here.

What did you want to be become growing up?

I wanted to be a chartered accountant, but I always knew that I loved working with people.

Would you encourage other young women to join the South African Police Service?

I definitely would, because we need the female touch and expertise in the police service, but I do want to warn others, however, that you must only become a police officer if you love the job and people otherwise you will become frustrated.

) Do you know someone who has excelled in their chosen line of work, if so send an email to Jabulani.Dlamini@volksblad.com or call 051-404-7910 and we will feature them in Express


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