Looking back on law enforcement

2019-05-22 06:02
Detective Gops Reddy in his black uniform.PHOTO: supplied

Detective Gops Reddy in his black uniform.PHOTO: supplied

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EIGHTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD former detective Gops Reddy recently celebrated his birthday with former colleagues and current ex-police friends at the Chistlehurst Academics and Arts Hall while reflecting to the Maritzburg Fever on a career started in 1965.

“I joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 1956 in Pietermaritzburg (PMB) where I spent a few years until I had to undergo basic training at the former police depot in Wentworth,” said Reddy, who went on to say that thereafter he was posted back to PMB where he was tasked with mainly administrative duties but performed foot patrols when called upon.

“Back then we had to wear black uniforms because that was the uniform given to non-white police officers in those years,” said Reddy.

Reddy was then stationed at Plessislaer after a few years which he recalls was a largely Indian-populated area in those days where he performed admin duties as well until he was sent to the criminal investigation department, now known as the detective branch.

“At the detective branch I was tasked with investigating case dockets where police, prison and defence force members were accused.

“Those days were filled with various challenges and one of them was transport. Even bicycles were hard to come by as they were reserved for a specific group,” said Reddy.

He recalls how he used a manual Remington typewriter to compile memorandums which the state required for prosecutors to prosecute or not, stating that he used that typewriter throughout most of his career.

Upon retirement, Reddy received various commendations and throughout his career, underwent multiple internal courses to qualify as a fully-fledged detective before retiring.

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