Thabong SAPS best in country

2015-04-30 16:58

THE Thabong Police Station has received another National Excellence Award as the best station in the country. This is the second year in a row Thabong has scooped this award.

The award was presented at this year’s annual South African Police Service’s (SAPS) National Excellence Awards function held on Friday (13/03) in Johannesburg.

The station was voted the best by the panel of judges who reviewed the station’s performance against the criteria for the competition. The criteria used to evaluate the nominees were: performance chart, front-line service delivery, corporate image, neatness/appearance, client satisfaction (survey), partnership with and effectiveness of its Community Policing Forum (CPF). The station was also honoured provincially for being the best policing model in the Free State.

Sergeant Mamello Mokhuoane, spokesperson of Thabong, said the station’s success had resulted in various stations in the province taking a leaf out of its book and implementing its best practices. Brigadier Cois Muller station commander, said it was through hard work, diligence, commitment and dedication in performing their duties that Thabong SAPS had reached this milestone.

“It was also the team spirit displayed by core management, members and the Community Policing Forum, and the support from the Thabong Cluster Office and the Free State Provincial Office that really pulled us through.”

He also attributed their success to strong partnership with stakeholders.

“I may be the captain of the ship at the Thabong SAPS, but it was not my own doing that the station got this prestigious award. It is through the strong partnership with and contributions from the Community Policing Forum (CPF) under the leadership of Serake Leeuw, and all the members of the Thabong SAPS.”

He said as the station commander of Thabong he was honoured and proud to receive the award on behalf of the Thabong SAPS.

“Winning the trophy is one thing, but the challenge is to maintain our standards so that the trophy stays with us for years to come. Let us continue to work together in the race for 2016.”

He also raised concerns about liquor abuse being the cause of the spate of murders, assaults and rapes that had taken place. These are some of the main challenges faced by the station this year.

Major General Lerato Molale, the Thabong Cluster commander, praised the members for this achievement.

“I still stand by what I said to all the members of the Thabong SAPS last year when they were announced as winners of the best station: The whole country has taken note of the fact that you are the best and that this is not by chance. This is evident in the accolades that we receive annually. We appreciate and acknowledge the good work that you are doing and encourage you to keep it up,” said Molale

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