Lansdowne celebrates winning detective

2020-02-04 06:00
At the celebration of the achievements of W/O Gregory Grey (second left) at Lansdowne Police Station were Capt. Recardo Hartman (group commander), Sgt Nkululeko Mnyaka, spokesperson for Lansdowne police, Capt. Nomabhongo Sonyamba (human resources head) and Rafique Foflonker (Lansdowne CPF chair).

At the celebration of the achievements of W/O Gregory Grey (second left) at Lansdowne Police Station were Capt. Recardo Hartman (group commander), Sgt Nkululeko Mnyaka, spokesperson for Lansdowne police, Capt. Nomabhongo Sonyamba (human resources head) and Rafique Foflonker (Lansdowne CPF chair).

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Juggling work as a detective, being a father, church man, community worker and husband; W/O Gregory Grey from Lansdowne police station showed he can multitask and win awards to top it off.

He is one of the two policemen in the Western Cape to be honoured at the National Police Day Awards in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 26 January.

The Goodwood resident was born and bred in Bishop Lavis and says he is proof that men can also multitask.

“I received two provincial awards, one for the best performance for persons of interest (criminals) and for best performance for a person with a disability. For the financial year 2018/2019 I made 262 arrests and helped the Lansdowne police station to reduce the arrests of persons of interest from 1 019 to 171,” Grey says.

Present at a celebration in Lansdowne, were Capt. Ricardo Hartman, group commander of the detective service, and Rafique Foflonker, chair of the Lansdowne community policing forum (CPF).

“We are exceptionally proud of Grey’s accomplishments. He is hardworking and deserving of the award recognising his energy and building a relationship between the community and the police. The CPF also recognises the other officers who are also deserving of awards and they should also be awarded for the hard work that they are doing,” says Foflonker.

Hartman echoed the sentiments and said Grey’s dedication and availability at all times, is to be applauded.

“It is not always that two officers from one province are recipients of national awards. Grey raised the bar to all officers in the province and his colleagues have a tough task to follow,” Hartman says.

Grey started his police career in 1992 in Mitchell’s Plain where he joined the uniformed and visible police units. In 1998 he joined the Western Cape Flying Squad, the provincial crime intelligence and the child protection unit, now known as the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS). He later joined Maitland police and has been at Lansdowne Police Station for 11 years.

“All the awards are dedicated to the community that I serve as they are the people that helped me to arrest the criminals. Their tip-offs and valuable information, whether in person or anonymous, are key to the successes that I achieved through the years and especially the 2018/19 financial year.

“I work according to a diary but always make time for my family and my church. If you do not have a rapport or relationship with the community that you serve, then you cannot expect any results. I am in the fortunate position that I have both and that is why I dedicate my awards to them,” Grey says.

Sgt Nkululeko Mnyaka, spokesperson for Lansdowne police, was also chuffed about the Grey’ achievements and said that the other small police stations in the Western Cape should take note of Lansdowne.

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