Metro police welcome 111 new law enforcers

2017-03-08 13:02
Leverne Butler receives her epaulettes as constable from the Nelson Mandela Bay metro police chief, Yolanda Faro. Photo: ROSLYN BAATJIES

Leverne Butler receives her epaulettes as constable from the Nelson Mandela Bay metro police chief, Yolanda Faro. Photo: ROSLYN BAATJIES

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LEVERNE Butler of Gelvandale’s long time dream was finally fulfilled on Wednesday, March 1. She can now finally serve her community as a law enforcer.

Butler received her rank as a constable in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro police service on Wednesday.

Butler was one of 111 members who were inducted on Wednesday. Twelve sergeants, eight inspectors and 91 constables received their ranks from metro police chief Yolanda Faro at the Traffic College in Greenbushes.

“I have been an administrative worker at the Traffic Department since 1998. I was appointed in 2011 to do the basic traffic course. I have since done voluntary law enforcement on weekends.

“Today is a very emotional and proud day because I have waited a long time for this and because I have always been passionate about law enforcement.”

Roger Kettledas, a constable, said he had waited seven years to become a metro police officer.

“I worked in a factory and remained positive that this day would arrive. I am grateful that the Lord has opened the door for me.”

Migae November, also a constable, said she and Kettledas did the traffic course together in 2009.

“And after a long wait, we are here. If you leave everything to follow your passion, the waiting is worthwhile.”

According to Faro, the metro police’s focus will be on Bethelsdorp and Uitenhage, but they will work wherever it is needed.

“We will also join forces with the South African Police Service when operations around the metro are undertaken. We will also continue to sharpen our officers’ skills in various and the latest law enforcement programmes so that they are able to handle any situation.”

She added that the metro police’s three functions include enforcing municipal and traffic regulations and general law enforcement.

John Best, mayoral committee member for safety and security, said his dream has come true, as he was on the task force for the establishment of the metro police in 2009.

“We waited for this for the past seven years. The current government has made a commitment to the project. We have created 67 new jobs in the process.”

Best said he is often asked why the metro police are not seen in the gang-ridden northern areas.

“We are slowly but surely moving there, but we will not send people who are not yet properly trained for such situations.

“We will provide support to the police. Only when we are comfortable that they are ready for it, we will send them to these areas,” said Best.

Provision is also made in the adjustments budget for 12 additional vehicles for the metro police.

According to Best, there are also plans to expand the mounted unit.

“We want to look at adding three horses in the next six months,” he said.

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