FCS u­nit re­cei­ved the na­ti­o­nal re­ward

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The Mos­sel Bay Fa­mi­ly Vi­o­len­ce, C­hild Pro­tecti­on and Sexu­al Of­fen­ces (FCS) u­nit has re­cei­ved the na­ti­o­nal a­ward for the thi­rd best FCS u­nit in South A­fri­ca. The U­nit Com­man­der, Capt. Ge­of­frey Gor­don, re­cei­ved t­his pres­ti­gi­ous a­ward du­ring the Acti­on In­da­ba on Gen­der-Ba­sed Vi­o­len­ce and Pro­tecti­on of Vul­ne­ra­ble Groups in P­re­to­ria on 18 Au­gust. The FCS u­nit, which was re-laun­ched in 2010 af­ter being ab­sor­bed in­to the gre­a­ter po­li­ce ser­vi­ce in 2006, has sin­ce dou­bled its re­sour­ces and now has 176 u­nits and c­lo­se to 2 500 mem­bers na­ti­on­wi­de. In ad­di­ti­on, the FCS em­ploys a net­work of highly-skil­led fo­ren­sic so­ci­al wor­kers to as­sist with the as­ses­sment of a­bu­sed child­ren and the com­pi­la­ti­on of court re­ports, as well as pro­vi­de an ex­pert tes­ti­mo­ny in court. The FCS is in­vol­ved in the po­li­cing of sexu­al of­fen­ces a­gainst child­ren, pers­on­di­rected cri­mes (w­he­re the fa­mi­ly is in­vol­ved), il­le­gal re­mo­val of child­ren un­der 12 and e­lec­tro­nic me­dia-fa­ci­li­ta­ted cri­me. The a­ward is ba­sed on per­for­man­ce and the num­ber of success­ful pro­se­cu­ti­ons. “I am so proud of my te­am mem­bers. E­ach and e­ver­yo­ne of them works ex­tre­me­ly hard. To­get­her we re­al­ly are ma­king a dif­fe­ren­ce,” says Capt Gor­don.

The win­ning te­am mem­bers. P­ho­to: Lou­i­se Kar­stens.

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