My first posting as a police officer was to what is termed as a good post. This could mean several things. It could mean a well-staffed station, it could mean a station in the city or close to the city, it could mean a station situated in a well-to-do neighbourhood or it could mean a […]

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My reasons for going into counselling are very close to my heart. Ours is a job that exposes us daily to human suffering and human depravity. It is intense, demanding, gruesome and exhausting. There’s never enough of anything – not enough time, not enough personnel, not enough resources. We are stretched beyond our capacity and […]

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We called him Tony, the talented Tony. Since childhood, his star had always shone bright. He was academically gifted, he had leadership skills, he was a good sportsman, he was well liked by his peers – basically an all-round great student with a bright future. His parents were proud to have a son like him […]

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Words like easy going, friendly, relaxed could never have been used to describe him. Instead, many found him rigid, stiff, unyielding. He was set in his ways, he didn’t like surprises, he liked to be in control. So when news of his transfer to a remote place was received, many held their breath for the […]

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THE SNIPER

He shot eight men; not just men, but policemen; not just policemen, but his colleagues. He shot eight of his colleagues in cold blood before he was felled but his story begun long before this. He had always been aloof. Even during the rigorous and intense training that often saw the most socially awkward of […]

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I’m a good husband, no- let me rephrase that – I’m a great husband; I’m kind, considerate, supportive and helpful; I do my best to be the best provider that I can be; I share my plans, hopes and dreams with my wife; I’m proud of my wife and I appreciate all that she does […]

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I knew something was amiss when she hesitated, she was telling me that the hostel fees had been increased from five thousand to eight thousand. There was a subtle change in her tone and her breathing seemed ever so slightly altered but I decided that she was simply empathizing with me, that she knew how […]

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PURPOSE

You don’t know what forgiveness is until you’ve had to forgive the unforgivable; that despite the fact that you were wronged beyond what any human being should ever have to endure, you still found it within you the ability to forgive. You don’t know the meaning of strength until you’ve had to be strong enough […]

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I’m going to be a mentor; I’m going to be the kind of officer that a younger officer can look up to, the kind of officer who inspires others, the kind of officer who challenges others, the kind of officer who encourages others; I’m going to be the reason that someone decides to hang in […]

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FROZEN

Of course, everyone is happy during their passing out parade, but I tend to think I was happier than most. This day was the culmination of a lifelong dream of becoming a law enforcer. I was so ecstatic I felt my heart would simply explode with joy, I was so proud of my achievements that […]

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