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PE cop recognised for recovering 50 hijacked and stolen cars at Tracker awards

Oct 9, 2017
PE cop recognised for recovering 50 hijacked and stolen cars at Tracker awards

Individual and unit winners representing the nine different provinces were recognised for their contribution towards the fight against vehicle crime.

The judges apply a set of strict criteria to select the nominees and overall winners in every category. These criteria include an outstanding contribution in the area of vehicle crime investigation, number of recoveries and arrests, outstanding efforts in coordinating recovery actions and outstanding contribution to the training of members.

Every year the finalists are chosen from a group of over 90 individual nominees and 40 units nationally.   

An extremely proud Major General (f) CT Sithole of the Kwamhlanga cluster accepted the overall Tracker/SAPS National Unit Award.  This cluster is willing to assist day or night and their passion for the recovery of stolen and hijacked vehicles is what has led to their enormous success during combined operations with Tracker.

Collaborative efforts between the Kwamhlanga cluster and Tracker have ensured that over 35 vehicles were recovered and a number of culprits were arrested over the past year. Under the guidance of their station commander this dedicated team have given hope and helped to create a sense of safety in their community.

Sergeant Dicks of the Port Elizabeth K-9 Unit received the highly coveted Tracker/SAPS National Individual Award. Well-known for his interminable positivity in the face of adversity, he always tackles the task of combatting vehicle crime head on.

He is constantly first in line to assist with the tracking and recovery of stolen and hijacked vehicles and missing persons.

He also ensures that he stays up to date with current trends, continually sharing the knowledge he has gained with team members.

Having tracked 18 stolen or hijacked vehicles, recovering an additional 32 stolen vehicles and making 98 arrests this year, it is clear that Sergeant Dicks has an immense passion for the work he does and is dedicated in his service to South African citizens.

The message to guests from Tracker’s Executive for Operational Services, Ron Knott-Craig, focused on the significance of the Tracker/SAPS partnership which has now been in existence for 21 years and he also highlighted the importance of reward and recognition.

“The deepest and often most unfulfilled need is our need to be appreciated, to receive recognition for the value that we add,” said Knott-Craig.

Quoting Maya Angelou, he reminded guests that people will forget what was said, they will forget what was done but they will never forget how they were made to feel.

Knott-Craig ended his address by expressing his gratitude to the men and women in blue.

“We deeply appreciate you and the work that you do to make South Africa a safer place for all its people.”

Lt General Mothiba, the acting National Commissioner of the SAPS represented The Honourable Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula MP. He closed the morning’s formal proceedings with his key note address and noted with pride the value of the partnership between Tracker and the SAPS.

“This partnership has grown from strength to strength over the last 21 years and the sky is the limit when it comes to our relationship,” said Mothiba.