There were smiles and ululation from crowd at the passing-out parade of more than 300 JMPD trainees at Nasrec on Wednesday, 13 October 2021.
The trainees are now qualified JMPD officers who will contribute towards making Johannesburg safer.
One of the officers, Tumelo Moruku (25) could not contain her excitement. She says she also threw her cap in the air and all her colleagues deserves the celebration. “The excitement was just too much. It’s been a long journey. It’s well deserved. We stayed in the lane of doing things right. It’s been a tough journey. We went through a lot.”
For Levonne Jonas (26) a dream finally became a reality. He wanted to become a law enforcement officer since grade 10.
“The excitement and joy I have in my heart now is overwhelming. It took me seven years to get in to the department, so you can imagine how joyful and grateful I am. Because I have changed from many different careers. I’ve been working in banks and call centres. Nothing stuck with me. So I strongly believe this is my calling,” Jonas said.
Ruemmenigger Olivier (26) smiled widely after the parade. He said he was extremely happy that he made it through. “It was a tough journey for me but I made it through. Here I am today a full graduate in full uniform.”
Executive Mayor Moerane congratulated the newly qualified officers. “We know that you’re officers who will contribute to service towards the dream of making Johannesburg a safer city to live, work and play. We cannot over emphasise the importance of having properly trained officers join our dedicated members.
“I wish to congratulate all graduates as newly qualified officers. I look forward to seeing you making our city a safer and livable metropolitan that we all wish to see and experience. May the grace of God be with you as you serve our great City and its residents.”