A role model hard to beat

Members of the police service are expected to be upstanding individuals who are dedicated to their work.

Members of the police service are expected to be upstanding individuals who are dedicated to their work.

They should be prepared to work around the clock in their drive to put criminals behind bars.

In this way they help boost public confidence in the police and the rule of law.

Such policemen, who are a rare find in the SAPS, include top detective Piet Byleveld, who has left no stone unturned in his quest to bring culprits to book.

He is rated the only policeman in South Africa with a 100percent conviction rate.

The high-profile cases he has cracked include the murders of Leigh Matthews and Sheldean Human.

For his outstanding performance, Byleveld was honoured by the South West Gauteng College last Friday with its Rainmaker Award.

Through his immaculate sleuthing expertise, Byleveld has won the hearts of South Africans - and especially those of families of victims who have been able to close their sad chapters knowing the perpetrators have been tried and jailed for their dastardly deeds.

The entire police service should be inspired by his success and emulate his feats. He commendably stands out among the many dedicated police officers determined to protect the citizens of this country against criminals.

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