Re­ward for po­lice of­fi­cers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - SHANICE NAIDOO [email protected]

AF­TER win­ning a pro­vin­cial award for ar­rest­ing 28 sus­pects and re­cov­er­ing about 20 il­le­gal firearms in the Steen­berg precinct, the women and men in blue were again hon­oured at an awards cer­e­mony in the St Au­gus­tine Cricket Club last night.

The awards cer­e­mony was hosted by the Steen­berg Po­lice Sta­tion man­age­ment and Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum (CPF).

“The CPF em­barked on this ini­tia­tive to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our men and ladies in blue, who are do­ing a ster­ling job in an un­grate­ful world, and very sel­dom thanked for go­ing above the call of duty to main­tain law and or­der un­der dan­ger­ous cir­cum­stances.

“As well as the sup­port staff who go un­no­ticed most times,” said Steen­berg CPF chair­per­son Gavin Wal­brugh.

Of­fi­cers who were recog­nised from the crime preven­tion shift that con­fis­cated the most weapons and am­mu­ni­tion were: Sergeant Dono­van Prins, Con­sta­ble Adan Septem­ber, Con­sta­ble Chris­telle Cloete, Con­sta­ble El­bert Cloete, Con­sta­ble Lionel Lu­cas and Con­sta­ble Ncedo Ndya­mara.

Steen­berg crime statis­tics showed a drop in the num­ber of il­le­gal possession of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

It dropped from 90 to 87 for the 2017-2018 fi­nan­cial year.

De­tec­tive-sergeant Nazel Dlamini was hon­oured for in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Rene Ro­man mur­der and was in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing a dou­ble life sen­tence. Sergeant Marc Lu­cas se­cured long-term sen­tences of renowned gang mem­bers in Laven­der Hill.

This is the third con­sec­u­tive year that the CPF has un­der­taken these awards.

“We in­cluded mem­bers on the plan­ning com­mit­tee and al­ready this has shown a dif­fer­ence in at­ti­tude as they are part of the plan­ning and this en­cour­ages them to step out of their com­fort zones,” said Wal­brugh.

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