New station for top cop

2016-08-23 06:00
 Camps Bay Police station commander Colonel Delicia Issacs will be leaving her position at the helm of the station.  PHOTO: nicole mccain

Camps Bay Police station commander Colonel Delicia Issacs will be leaving her position at the helm of the station. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Camps Bay police will be saying farewell to their station commander, Colonel Delicia Isaacs, as she takes up an appointment in Riversdale.

Isaacs started as station commander at the station in September 2011 after being transferred from Albertinia. And despite the sea view from the station, it has not all been easy.

Serving the community

Moving from a rural area, Isaacs had to adapt to “sophisticated” crime, such as house robberies in which windows are removed.

“It’s a different community. I had come from a more rural area to quite an affluent area. But I’ve enjoyed working with the nitty-gritty,” she says.

“I may have served poorer communities before, but this post has taught me that we need to have the same level of attention and service irrespective of the social and economic circumstances,” she says.

The station is housed in a very old building, which has presented a range of challenges, she says.

“I made the best of it. It’s all about the service you give everyone who enters the building,” she says.

Isaacs joined the police service in 1986 and was stationed at Bishop Lavis, where she worked for 20 years before being appointed in Albertinia.

And although she may be leaving Camps Bay, there are some key moments – both good and bad – that she will take with her.

One of these is the murder of American citizen Gabriela Kabrins Alban, who was found dead after being strangled and assaulted, allegedly by her boyfriend.

“I will never forget the murder last year at the Retreat Hotel,” she says. “We didn’t expect it and the brutality of the murder will stay with me.”

Building partnershipsIsaacs has also attended to a number of drowning incidents and those where the bodies are not recovered weigh heavily on her.

“My biggest concern is drownings. Often the bodies are not recovered and that is a big concern for me,” she says.

However, not all of her memories will be of crimes in the precinct.

“I think my highlight would be all the partnerships created. We’ve built strong partnerships between the police, community policing forum and the residents, and have WhatsApp groups on which we share information,” she says.

“The community must build on these and strive for a crime-free society. I want to see Camps Bay (improving).”

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