Appreciate good work by police - Mthethwa

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bloemfontein - Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa says South Africans must appreciate the good work done by police officers in combating and preventing crime.

"Society looks upon us to fight the evil deeds of crime and corruption," he told the thousands of police officers from across the country who had gathered for national Police Day celebrations in Bloemfontein.

Mthethwa, who promised a bigger and more vibrant event for next year's celebrations, said the day was aimed at showing appreciation for the good work police are doing.

The minister said performing officers should be recognised and rewarded accordingly, such as certificates of commendation for those members with outstanding and loyal service and medals for members with longstanding service.

Celebrated every year, national Police Day honours those who have put their lives at risk to protect and serve South African citizens. It is also aimed at reinforcing the nation's confidence in the police for their safety and security.

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said he was positive the police service was able to efficiently protect the country's citizens and encouraged members of the public to have the same confidence.

"People must be confident and trust that police are there to protect them," he said, adding that communities should regard police officers are members of their own families.

Government is to focus on strengthening the human resources capacity of the police force as well as employee assistance programmes. "We urged members of the force to utilise to the maximum the available resources for their well-being," the minister said.