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Johannesburg District Commissioner awards medals to nearly 100 police officers

The medal parade was attended by station commanders across the city, as well as the Johannesburg District Commissioner.

It was a proud occasion as hundreds of police officers came from across the city to congratulate members for long service.

The band plays the national anthem. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

Decked in their formal blue attire and medals jingling whenever they moved, those members who reached their 10, 20 and 30-year milestones in the service were awarded medals – as well as some commendation certificates for extraordinary service provided – by none other than Johannesburg District Commissioner Major General Max Masha.

An officer receives his medal from Johannesburg District Commissioner, Major General Max Masha. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

He was flanked by JMPD Acting Chief of Police Maxwell Khanyile and Randburg Police Station Commander Brigadier Michelle Jones at the event at Rhema Bible Church North on September 9.

Police officers salute their superiors as they prepare to leave the hall. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

They received a parade of honour as they entered and left the building, and a police band played the national anthem and other tunes during the event.

In his keynote address, Masha spoke about loyalty, integrity and bravery above all.

Johannesburg District Commissioner, Major General Max Masha delivers a keynote address. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

“There have been, and always will be situations where you will feel like giving up, where you will feel despair,” he said.

“You will go home and your wife will ask if it is a drain to work in the police service and wear the uniform each day. But come the next day you will put on that uniform. Policing is a calling. If the Lord were to ever ask how we are doing, we would reply that we are doing what we are called to do.”

An officer receives his medal for long service from Johannesburg District Commissioner Major General Max Masha. Photo Nicholas Zaal
Randburg Police Station Commander, Brigadier Michelle Jones, Johannesburg Johannesburg District Commissioner, Major General Max Masha and JMPD Acting Chief of Police Maxwell Khanyile prepare to enter the hall. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

About 87 members of Roodepoort, Florida, Honeydew, Randburg, Midrand, Douglasdale, Diepsloot and Lanseria police stations received their medals and certificates, and in a short address, Jones congratulated them.

An officer receives a commendation certificate for extraordinary service from Johannesburg District Commissioner, Major General Max Masha. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

“This not an ordinary job,” she said.

Randburg Police Station Commander, Brigadier Michelle Jones congratulates officers for their awards. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

“These are warriors fighting on the front lines protecting the community against crime. You told yourself you will prosper despite difficulties. Know that your efforts will not go unnoticed.”

Randburg police’s Colonel Andries Odendaal is the MC of the event. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

The MC of the event, Randburg’s Colonel Andries Odendaal asked Diepsloot Police Station spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula to read out the police’s code of conduct which each officer signs every year.

The band plays during the event. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

Near the end of the proceedings, Diepsloot Police Station Commander Brigadier Koena Moichela thanked the church and the organisers.

Diepsloot Police Station spokesperson, Captain Tinyiko Mathebula reads the police’s code of conduct. Photo: Nicholas Zaal

He also encouraged those who received medals for long service but who were still constables and warrant officers, to strive for more and seek promotion so that they could make more of a difference in the community.

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