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Germiston officers scoop first runner-up award at provincial awards

The previous year, they took home the medal for best-performing detective group at the same competition.

Germiston police officers took the first runner-up prize for best detective group of the year at the Gauteng Provincial Excellence Awards.

This follows being named the best detective and forensic team of the year at the recent Ekurhuleni District Excellence Awards.

The previous year, they took home the medal for best-performing detective group at the same competition.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Rikhotso, the group commander, it thrilled the team to receive a nomination for the provincial awards let alone winning an award.

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“The A-team, as we refer to ourselves, is motivated by the award,” said Rikhotso.

The A-team attends the Gauteng Provincial Excellence Awards.

“It’s incredible to consider that our work has earned us recognition on a provincial level. This will serve as inspiration for other teams and junior officers.

“All we can aspire for is that our work becomes the standard for all stations, and serves our communities with pride and excellence,” said Rikhotso.

The group’s second commander Detective Sergeant Asanda Nxawe said the team is encouraged by the award.

According to Nxawe, her career in policing began in 2005 when she quit her teaching job to enrol in the Eastern Cape policing academy.

“I believed that I entered the teaching field because the majority of my family members are educators.

“It was difficult to start over at the policing school. At one point, I considered going back to teaching, but I persisted,” said Nxawe.

“I was first deployed in the Eastern Cape where I worked as a serious crimes detective before making a transfer to Germiston SAPS in 2015. There, I was nominated for provincial prizes and received multiple station-level honours.

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“It’s our capacity for teamwork that prevails. We encourage and stand by those who are deficient,” said Nxawe.

The A-team has welcomed a new member – Constable Princess Manda.

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