With September being police safety month, officers across the country end the month with a mass prayer service in their respective districts.
Held on the last Friday closest to the month end, police officers gather in identified venues to pray for peace and give thanks in interdenominational services.
Because of restrictions as a result of Covid-19, this year the service was held cluster-wide.
The Mitchell’s Plain Cluster, made up of Mitchell’s Plain, Lentegeur, Strandfontein, Grassy Park, Lansdowne, Philippi, Steenberg and Athlone police stations, each sent representatives to attend the service on Friday 2 October at the Beacon Valley Baptist Church.
Capt Rev Hendry Fortuin says: “We have National Police Prayer Day services. This year due to Covid-19, they have asked us to do the services in our clusters.”
“This year the theme is based on Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 12 verse 9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. The theme based on the text is: ‘hard times may come but he is there with us through them all’.”
Brig Cass Goolam, Mitchell’s Plain station commander, encouraged the officers to keep hope in their important tasks. “You are all God’s hand-crafted masterpieces,” said Goolam to the officers present. “We are very blessed to be here today, where prayer is the very first thing on our agenda.”
Goolam continued that the Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster was among the best in management and service delivery, where other clusters may struggle with some of the basic policing duties. He encouraged the officers to acknowledge the role of prayer and God in their jobs, especially in the reduction of crime, attributing this to the clergy who continue to pray for them.
The service included praise and worship and calling for an end to crime and the protection of officers in fulfilling their mandate.