Port Elizabeth – Animals also deserve to be happy and well fed this Christmas.
So says Sergeant Shaun Dicks of the Port Elizabeth K9 unit, who donated R10 000 to an animal rights organisation for the benefit of his furry friends this Christmas.
Dicks was crowned the national Individual Tracker award and bagged a whopping R10 000 in prize money for his efforts.
Tracker’s Executive for Operational Services, Ron Knott-Craig, said the prize was about recognition and celebrating the culmination of hard work, consistent effort and commitment.
Tracker works closely with the South African Police Service to recover their stolen vehicles.
“If your car was stolen, we go look for it.
“We call it a tracker activation. We have a system inside of our vehicles that helps track the stolen cars,” Dicks told News24.
Gratitude and appreciation
Tracker nominated candidates for the prize, based on the highest number of recoveries of stolen and hijacked vehicles in the last year.
And Dicks came out tops. The sergeant had recovered a total of 50 stolen and hijacked vehicles for the year and made 98 arrests.
The donation is never made payable to the individual or unit winner but it is always given to the winner to hand over to the charity of their choice.
The purpose of this donation is to enable the winners to put something back into the communities they serve.
Dicks picked animals in need as his choice of charity.
“My first feeling was: It is Christmas around the corner and you know when you had a nice meal you are feeling good. The dogs must get fed before Christmas or during Christmas so that they can also feel better,” he said.
His good deed hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Beverley Rademeyer of the Animal Anti-Cruelty expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the sergeant.
Rademeyer said the money would be used in January when the organisation has a spray and dipathon exercise. It would be beneficial for about 300 dogs and cats.
“The money would also assist in the supply of general examination and medicines,” she added.
Deputy provincial police commissioner, Major General André Swart congratulated Dicks, saying his achievement should inspire others to continue serving their communities with the skills they have.
“This just shows that, amid challenging circumstances at times, our members still excel in their vocations,” Swart said.
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