A general worker at the South African Police Service (SAPS), Esmarelda Follet from Calvinia, has emerged as this year’s top achiever in the Adult Education and Training course.After being announced as the top achiever at the graduation ceremony hosted on Thursday (30/08) at the Horse Shoe Inn in Kimberley, she expressed how good she felt about trying to better herself.Follet was among the 34 graduates, consisting mainly of general workers, who benefitted from the course which is part of the police’s initiative towards improving the lives of its employees. Maj.Gen. Johan Bean highlighted how the graduates had gone through difficulties, as their families had needed them as well. Literature Project was the external service provider that co-ordinated the classes. On behalf of the service provider, Lesedi Mpuang said the day was a symbol of a return on investment in education. He said working with adults was stressful, because they were carrying the baggage of their private lives. Commending the police for supporting such projects, Mpuang said it was not only about empowering employees and giving them a chance of promotion, but also about them setting a good example to their children that education is important. The deputy provincial commissioner, Maj.Gen. Jappie Riet, said he believed that training was paramount to the police, as it helped to fight the scourge of crime. She encouraged her colleagues not be ashamed of their past, but to start doing something to improve their situation.