Focus helped her set her sights

Roleen Spees chose a career in law enforcement.
Roleen Spees chose a career in law enforcement.

Roline Spees is a False Bay TVET College graduate ambassador. Her qualifications include matric and a Safety in Society certificate from False Bay College which helped her secure a career in law enforcement. Here she explains more about her career choice as a Law Enforcement officer of the City of Cape Town.

What does the job entail?

I’m part of a team that is responsible for ensuring that City council bylaws are upheld, ensuring a better quality of life for residents. We work closely with various other government departments to clamp down on offences such as general nuisances, alcohol offences, illegal informal trading and illegal parking.

Trained officers have the power to confiscate, arrest, issue compliance notices and fines and shut down illegal operations that infringe the various bylaws.

The different Law Enforcement units include the Copperheads, an elite task team of specially trained officers who combat the theft of non-ferrous metals, which is rife in Cape Town. Other units deal with enforcement of liquor laws, address antisocial behaviour, and deal with problem buildings and graffiti.

Why did you choose this career?

Growing up in Mitchell’s Plain, I had always admired traffic officers, especially those on motorcycles. So when I found out about the Safety in Society course at False Bay College, I applied for it straight after matriculating.

With all the bad things happening in my neighbourhood, it was really hard to stay focused. People used to ask me when I would complete my studies and many saw it as a waste of time. But I persevered and now have my sights set on a managerial position in Law Enforcement.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy the fact that I can make a difference in the community, and do my best to be an example to young people.

Advice for prospective students?Stay focused and pay careful attention to your lecturers and mentors.

Where did you train?

I completed the two-year programme at the Westlake campus of False Bay College in 2012. The course enabled me to obtain my driver’s licence and gave me the knowledge of policing and drilling skills I need in my current position.

I deeply appreciate the assistance I got at the college, which included a bursary for the two years, the best lecturers and a great study environment. Much of my success is due to the mentoring and encouragement I received from my parents as well as the college lecturers, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Weir, Mrs Seroko and Mrs Jordan.

V Newly certified Law Enforcement officers can expect to earn just under R8000 a month. The average salary of officers in South Africa is around R19 000 a month, according to – False Bay College

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