Detective Sgt Randall Davids has been named Detective of the Year at the recent provincial Police Excellence Awards.The event was held on Saturday 23 November at Century City Convention Centre where officers and police stations were thanked for their contributions.Acting provincial commissioner Lt Gen Sindile Mfazi acknowledged that policing in the Western Cape was no mean feat, hence it required hardworking and dedicated police officials.Deputy national commissioner for asset and legal management, Lt Gen Francinah Vuma delivered the keynote address. She lauded members who go beyond the call of duty and thanked them for a job well done.Davids has been in the police service for close to 16 years and was influenced to pursue this career from a young age.“Growing up watching crime series, I felt motivated to fight crime one day and to make the community safe. My area was gang-ridden at the time and I wanted to be involved in turning people away from crime,” says Davids.Davids has been a detective for 13 years.“The satisfaction of solving cases, giving families closure, the team work by the unit are all positives that keep me motivated,” he says.“I believe that its by God’s grace that we are able to serve and fulfil our calling in life. There are challenges and the job can be demanding and make a person feel despondent at times, however being focused on your goal will enable you to stay positive.”On winning the award, Davids says: “It feels good to be acknowledged and recognised for one’s hard work. It also motivated me and the team to go beyond the call of duty and do our best to make our communities safe and families our proud.”Davids describes joining the police as a calling.“I feel that a career in the police is definitely a calling and a person needs to have a good sense of self-discipline to follow the guidelines given and trust in the judgement and support of peers and mentors. The police allows one to be on the front lines of the fight against crime and to make a direct impact in people’s lives in terms of their immediate safety and sense of well-being,” he says.Other winners on the evening include: . Catch of the Year: Worcester police. . Visible Policing group of the Year: Maitland Flying Squad B-Shift . Station Commander of the Year: Brigadier Vuyisile Ncata of Nyanga Police Station. . Community Policing Forum of the Year: Table View.Category winners will represent the Western Cape at the National Police Excellence Awards scheduled to be held in January.