Welkom: The members won the best Visible Policing group of the year during the Provincial Prestige Award held in Bloemfontein on the 20 October 2017. They were awarded with a trophy and a certificate for a job well done. Even during 2016 they were still the best Visible Policing Group of the year. The award was received by their Operational Commander Sergeant Thabang Thesele on behalf of the team.
On the 20 October 2017, the Prestigious Award ceremony was held in Bloemfontein where members in the Free State Province, were awarded. Among those awarded were, Welkom Public Order Policing [POP] Reaction Team under the leadership of Sergeant Thabang Thesele with the following members: Sergeant Moeketsi Makhoere, Sergeant Theo Phutumo, Constables Molahlehi Lebothe, Mapitso Mathibedi Paseka Mokoro, Mangaka Nana, Mompe Makhonanyana and Shimi Matsime.
Members’ primary task is crowd management and in the absence of their primary function, they work crime prevention and assisting nearby stations. They follow-up every information to solve serious crimes committed like murders, armed robberies, suspected stolen properties and towns stricken by gangsters like Wesselsbron, Ladybrand, Thabong, Tumahole, Virginia etc.
This team is very very much dedicated, committed and prepared to sacrifice even on rest days to follow up information leading to the arrests of serious crimes.