Cop serves for 30 years

2019-09-17 06:00
The station commander at Steenberg police station, Col Jan Alexander, celebrates 30 years of police service. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

The station commander at Steenberg police station, Col Jan Alexander, celebrates 30 years of police service. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Col Jan Alexander, the station commander at Steenberg police station, celebrates 30 years of service in Saps. Sometimes a policeman’s job can be unforgiving and thankless, but Alexander says his family’s support and maintaining a healthy and balanced body and mind kept him going.

Since starting in the police on 6 June 1988, Alexander has filled several positions in the force at just as many locations; having been stationed in Bellville, Atlantis, Klawier and Lansdowne, to name a few.

With three decades of law enforcement under his belt, he says the role of a policeman requires “integrity, trustworthiness, obedience to the law, respect for diversity and public approval”, and this leaves no room for criminals.

During his years of service, he has witnessed many highs and lows. He notes the best part of his job goes beyond just catching the bad guys.

“The moment you see a positive change in the community – when the crimes that are normally committed are no longer being committed – that is the high point in my job,” he says.

Alexander has been the station commander at Steenberg police station since 4 August 2015.

He says the widespread presence of gang activity in the area is very challenging.

He believes it is only through cooperation and unity that the community will be able to eradicate or reduce the high crime rate in the area.

“The community needs to step up and say, ‘Enough is enough’. If they do not do this, they will keep on going with the flow and turning a blind eye. The moment they stand on their principles, they will not tolerate crime anymore.”

Due to the nature of the job – the types of crimes policemen and women encounter – being a police officer is not for the faint of heart, he says.

Alexander hits the gym regularly to keep his body fit and he spends quality time with his wife and three children outdoors to keep his mind balanced.

His time spent with his family, however, often does not go uninterrupted. He regularly has to tackle work duties during his off hours to ensure the wheels of justice keep on turning.

He is driven by his passion for his work and his desire to serve the community.

Alexander asks residents to help in the fight against crime.

“By not speaking up against the gangsters, the community is giving them the power to take control. The community has to work with us to make Steenberg safer.”

Alexander says some residents always make a point to assist and support the police. He encourages all residents to do the same.

V Anyone with information on crime is requested to contact the Steenberg police station on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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