Welcoming a new era

2019-02-26 06:00
From left are Jonathan Hobday, Louise Dyres, Jeraad Ramesh and Paddy Chapple PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

From left are Jonathan Hobday, Louise Dyres, Jeraad Ramesh and Paddy Chapple PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Residents hosted a double celebration of their committed police officers at Mowbray Town Hall on Wednesday 20 February.

They were bidding farewell to Colonel Louise Dyres, former Mowbray Police Station commander, who has now joined Ceres Police Station since the beginning of the year.

She served nine years in Mowbray and the community describes her as a committed and hardworking person whom they said they were privileged to work with.

The community presented her with a personalised cup.

They said they wanted it to remind her of them and that she will always be appreciated for the role she played in their community.

In response, Dyres said she was humbled by the good gesture showed to her by the community. While she said she is excited and loves the challenge that comes with working in a different environment in Ceres, she will always miss working in Mowbray and the good relationship among the local organisations.

She is succeeded by Lieutenant-Colonel Jeraad Ramesh who previously served for several years in different ranks at Claremont Police Station.

The community also gave him a warm welcome, saying they are aware of his good reputation and appreciate the determination and interest he has shown during the short period he has been with them.

Speaking on behalf of the local law enforcement in the community, Jonathan Hobday, the chairperson of the Mowbray Community Policing Forum (CPF), congratulated both on their new appointments.

He also acknowledged the efforts of all the involved participants who had joined hands to make the farewell a success.

Ward councillor Paddy Chapple said it was good to see that the staffing levels at Mowbray have received a staff complementary requirement.

He said he appreciated what the new station commander had said about growing and increasing the number of neighbourhood watches to improve safety.

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