Police member makes province proud

2016-03-23 06:00


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RESERVIST WO GAOHENGWE MOSELAKGAMO of the Galeshewe station, who was one of the finalists in the Reservist of the Year category in the 2016 South African Police Service (SAPS) National Excellence Awards, emerged second runner-up at the ceremony.

He made the province proud and received a silver certificate, a ten inch tablet and a gift voucher at the ceremony in Sandton, Gauteng, held on Friday, 11 March.

The SAPS National Excellence Awards serve to honour members who have dedicated their lives towards fighting crime and through acts of selflessness and bravery have ensured that all South Africans feel and are safe.

The awards were first made in 2014 and since then they have been a source of inspiration to personnel and stakeholders, especially to those who always go beyond the call of duty.

Colleagues have also started to motivate each other to continue contributing positively towards delivering improved policing services to the people of the country by applying best practices.

Moselakgamo is described as a dedicated and committed police reservist who has set a good example to the members of his shift.

Sgt Majang Skalkie said that Moselakgamo’s dedication has earned him decorations such as the SAPS 10 and 20 year loyal service medals, as well as the Soccer World Cup 2010 support medal.

His work achievements include the apprehensions of perpetrators in three cases of theft, two of shoplifting, one of assault, one of rape, one of drunken driving, three of public nuisance and one case of malicious damage to property.

To ensure that he is equipped to contribute to the Galeshewe community being and feeling safe, he empowered himself through training and successfully completing courses such as Tactical Survival Techniques, Shooting Practice, Tactical Policing Level II and Shooting Practice Medium Risk.

When on duty, Moselakgamo always provides guidance and support to his colleagues.

His achievements have inspired other reservists to also work permanently on the CSC relief teams.

The station commander, Brig. Nomana Adonis, congratulated the member for his hard work and commitment towards making the people of Galeshewe feel safe, and also encouraged other members to maintain discipline and professionalism at all times.

During his welcoming address Lt.Gen. Kgomotso Phahlane lauded all nominees for proving themselves worthy and assured them that their selflessness, courage, loyalty, patriotism and tenacity would be recognised.

“You are our brightest stars, our top achievers and we are exceptionally proud of each and every one of you. Whether you take the top prize home tonight or not, you proved that you epitomise what is expected of a police employee.”

The SAPS awards for excellence and acts of bravery also extend to the members of the public, who at the discretion of the organisation, may be honoured for their commitment and devotion in the fight against crime.

According to Phahlane, this shows how the SAPS values the contribution of its personnel and the community in the fight against crime “as such efforts will enhance the SAPS’s image and reputation and serve as motivation to other members”.

He further urged all SAPS employees to continue to foster a culture of excellence in the SAPS through recognising, rewarding and motivating “our most precious assets – our human resources, and to continue to be ambassadors of the Batho Pele and Back to Basics principles”.

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