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Station scoops top award

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The station knocked out all other stations across the country to walk away with the prestigious prize

CARNARVON police station in the Northern Cape received the Station of the Year award at the National Police Excellence Awards held in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The station knocked out all other stations across the country to walk away with the prestigious prize.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri, commended the station, under the leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel Michelle Ford, for its achievement.

He praised Ford for her leadership qualities and also for uplifting her team.

“The Station Commander of Carnarvon leads by example and sets the standard to all members under her command. All resources are used responsibly and accounted for. The main focus is crime prevention, the safety of the community and the well-being of members of the station. Lieutenant-Colonel Ford nominated all members under her command for firearm training as well as physical fitness and the station achieved a 98% completion rate,” said Shivuri

“The reduction in crime receives preference in the policing precinct, and all crimes are reported. Information received from the community is followed up. Rural safety as well as sector policing are successfully implemented. The station has an active Community Policing Forum (CPF) that also takes part in crime prevention initiatives. The detective unit at the station ensures a positive conviction rate at court even though there is a shortage of four members.”

Shivuri also commended the police officials at the station for their passion for their work and the community.

“The staff of the station work hard to ensure proper service delivery and to also assist other stations within the cluster, where and when the need arises, and the station commander recognises members when a job is well done.

“Through the motivation of the commander, four members enrolled with a tertiary institution in order to equip themselves with higher qualifications. All employees at the station have also reached out to the less fortunate by donating school uniforms to primary school pupils.”