Nicole inspires

2019-09-17 06:00
Melvin Jonkers (right), the chairman of the Grassy Park CPF handed the Woman of Excellence Award to Nicole Jacobus.

Melvin Jonkers (right), the chairman of the Grassy Park CPF handed the Woman of Excellence Award to Nicole Jacobus.

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The secretary of Grassy Park community policing forum (CPF), Nicole Jacobus, was described as an example to young people when she received the Woman of Excellence Award on Thursday 5 September.

The 30-year-old Grassy Park resident has been working for the CPF for roughly eight years.

In 2015, she was elected as the secretary of the CPF after serving as a normal member.

She is also an executive member of the CPF and has maintained excellent relationships with police officers and is trusted by the community.

The CPF has great admiration for the role women play to keep the community safe.

In a statement, Philip Bam, public relations officer of the organisation, said these women leave their homes at night to patrol the streets of Grassy Park, Ottery, Lotus River, and New Horizon in the Grassy Park police precinct. “They are all worthy of admiration and praise,” he said.

Jacobus always manages to find time to do community work despite her responsibilities towards her job.

According to her, it is important for women to join CPFs because sometimes people need more of a mother figure in organisations.

Jacobus said for several years she was a volunteer for a well-known disaster management team before she joined the CPF.

She said she does not look for recognition because community work should be a passion. “You have to be a people’s person, but I’m honoured to have received this award,” she added.

Jacobus, an active patroller of the Carola neighbourhood watch has a full-time job as a front of house manager, so when she is not working for the CPF, she is focused on her job, family and friends.

In the statement, the CPF referred to her as the go-to person for neighbourhood watches during emergencies. “She has a bank of emergency numbers available whenever a neighbourhood watch has an emergency,” the statement said.

In the statement, she is described as knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with accident scenes and can activate emergency services for the neighbourhood watches even before the police attend to the scene.

Jacobus said the CPF makes a difference but that comes with many challenges and criticism. Sometimes we have three or four meetings a week which the community doesn’t know of. “We all make ourselves available to engage with the community as well,” she said.

Jacobus said it feels good to help the next person even if it’s just to give advice to someone.

“Love your neighbour as you would love yourself.”

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