Checking up on Helen

Helen Smith, Plumstead

On Monday evening December 30, Constable Marais and Warrant Officer Jacobs appeared at my gate and said the following: “We are checking up on Helen.”

This was truly amazing because just over two years ago on April 7 2017 they responded to a call at the time of my late husband’s suicide attempt.

At 10.30 that same night they rang my doorbell to find out if I was okay and the following morning I received a call from a volunteer councillor at the Diep River Police wanting to know if I would like to speak to her.

Now, almost three years later, I was visited by these two officers who simply wanted to find out how I was. I cannot put into words how grateful I was and still am about this amazing gesture. We live in times when there is always huge criticism of our police force, and often within reason, yet, there is always the exception to the rule, and one is inclined to forget this. In my opinion Diep River Police is such an exception – they are the difference. So next time when you are critical of our men and women in blue try not to generalise.

This incident made me feel so wonderful at the end of a trying year, but also gave me a feeling of great expectation and
hope for the New
Year.

Warrant Officer Jacobs and Constable Marais are responsible for that.