Dedicated law enforcement officers were recognised at an annual award celebration held at New Kings Hotel on Tuesday 20 August.
The Sea Point Community Improvement District (CID) hosted the awards.
Certificate recipients were commended for their work and encouraged to do more.
The officers hail from various law enforcement agencies, including the CID’s security services and other staff members.
Awards for being dedicated servants in the community and long-service were handed out.
Heather Tager, CID’s chief operations officer, says the board and its management are aware of the difficult circumstances those in the law enforcement agencies work under daily.
She says everyone deserved a reward but only those who excel, show eagerness to go the extra mile, and who serve with passion and pride will receive certificates.
Jacques Weber, CID’s chair, said these were the people who kept the security, safety and cleanliness standards of the community at a desirable level, year after year. He said their continued service showed growth and determination.
He said it was thanks to the effective contribution of the CID that the crime situation in and the cleanliness of Sea Point had improved over the years.
“We are getting positive feedback, mostly from business owners in our community, commending the work we do. Without their support, we would not have been able to achieve this. Tonight, we want to say thank you. Your hard work does not go unnoticed,” said Weber.
Nicola Jowell, the councillor for ward 54, also acknowledged CID’s role in the community, saying it is through partnerships with organisations like these that effective services were rendered to citizens.
Jowell called for the strengthening of partnerships between the CID and public servants.
Sea Point police station commander Helena Mouton thanked the CID for its continued support and positive partnership.
She told all of the staff members from the various agencies attending the event that they were doing a thankless job.
She said they were often undermined by the very people who they served but “you should not let that discourage you”.
“It does not matter who you represent, as law enforcement agencies we are all in this together. Our goal is to fight crime.”
The officer of the year award went to Wandile Hlathi, who has been in the service for 10 years. He started as a foot patroller and now works as a shift monitor.
Hlathi said he was overwhelmed and honoured by the recognition.
He said working in the law enforcement agency had its challenges but it was the outcome of their hard work – safety and cleanliness X that mattered most.
He wished members of the public would change their attitude towards those doing the groundwork.