Promoted police paraded

2019-03-19 06:00
Promoted police within the Grassy Park precinct were paraded to the public in Zeekoevlei on Thursday 14 March. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Promoted police within the Grassy Park precinct were paraded to the public in Zeekoevlei on Thursday 14 March. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Grassy Park police paraded officers who have gained promotion in the last year on Thursday 14 March.

The promotions, which include newly-appointed station commander Colonel Dawood Laing, took place at the Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve Hall.

Acting Mitchell’s Plain cluster commander Major-General Hendrik Burger addressed the gathering and reminded the promoted officers that because they’ve received a higher rank, and salary, the community they serve now have greater expectations of them, along with the officers some of them will now lead. “It is important for them to understand that the promotion is not only about receiving the rank, but also about fulfilling the expectations of the community who would like to see an improvement in the service delivery in the Grassy Park area. Receiving the rank means that there are people who have lower ranks for whose actions you will become responsible for in future and have to account for,” says Burger.

One of the promoted officers is Grassy Park police’s own spokesperson Captain Wynita Kleinsmith, who previously served as a Warrant Officer.

Living in the precinct herself, Kleinsmith worked her way up as a clerk, attended college before being given the rank of Constable. “I am very grateful because for me it is an achievement in my life that I am a captain and no longer a warrant officer, it comes with a lot of responsibility, but I am up to it,” she says.

She says that because she is no longer acting in a supporting capacity, the onus will now be on her to effectively guide the officers who will now report to her. “I have to ensure that they will also fulfil their duties in serving the community out there. I feel that I came into the police with this focus in mind that I am here to serve the community. For those working under me I will instil that in them, we are here to serve the community, not just to get a salary, but to serve them to the best of our ability,” she says.

Grassy Park Community Police Forum (CPF) spokesperson Philip Bam reminded officers of their duty

“We are servants of the people. It is an honour to serve, but I also want to say to you - continue to serve with honour. Honour the charter. Honour the ideals that you have accepted. Honour the creeds that you have accepted and honour the notion that you are here to serve the people,” Bam said in his address.

Bam also called on the community to take up the baton of responsibility in an effort to bring about more convictions to affect a drop in crime.

“The community needs to understand that we can all live in peace if our children and youth start understanding that we all need to work together because crime does not pay. If we can just get that message across, then hopefully with the new promotions there is going to be more input into that sort of thing. There is a lot more community awareness which needs to be done. If these guys can be out there, visible, then that would make the difference,” Bam adds.

Meanwhile, Burger adds that a police officer’s role is never stagnant regardless of their rank.

“We should realise that the world is everchanging and we should adapt in the same way that criminals are changing their behaviour, we should change our reaction to that behaviour to try and stay a step ahead in order to be able to successfully combat crime. They (officers) should celebrate today and enjoy it but realise that there are many more challenges which lie ahead and that they should use today to get self-motivated in order for us to successfully overcome those challenges.”

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