Officers get a pat on the back

Local police officers were commended for their dedication at a recent awards ceremony, hosted by the Cape Town Central Community Policing Forum (CPF).

The CPF has run the awards for the last few years as a way to reward officers and other security role players for doing excellent work beyond their normal duties.

One of the awards was given to Constable Edwin George, a Vispol member dedicated to work in the vicinity of Table Mountain National Park, who arrested a suspect who started a fire on Table Mountain.

The suspect was apprehended running away on the mountain, and George followed in pursuit. Following the arrest, George recovered a cooldrink bottle containing petrol­.

Detective Sergeant Lungile Malumla was awarded a certificate following praise from the public. A resident forwarded a letter of appreciation, in which it was stated how Malumla goes the extra mile in his investigations­.

An award was also given to Sergeant David Charlton van Wyk, who is a custody manager working in the cells at the police station. He manages and ensures the safety of prisoners inside the cell blocks. On three occasions, the officer has been responsible for saving the lives of cell occupants who tried to commit suicide. On one occasion, he even prevented prisoners from escaping.

Patricia Mqolobe, who is responsible for general work and cleaning inside the police station, was nominated for an award by station commander Brigadier Hansia Hansraj. Mqolobe arrested a suspect inside the police station who allegedly stole copper items out of offices where renovations were being carried out by external contractors.

Cape Town Central police spokesperson, Captain Ezra October, says: “We are very grateful for the Cape Town Central Community Policing Forum and partners for this positive initiative to reward police and community members for extraordinary work. This spin-off is a positive moral incentive for members to go the extra mile in performing their duties.”