Talented police artist awarded doctorate in education at graduation

Talented police artist awarded doctorate in education at graduation

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A police identikit artist, Siphe Potelwa, has been awarded his doctorate at his graduation from the University of Fort Hare. The talented artist has a degree in fine art, he is a teacher and more recently can put doctor in front of his name.

The intelligent 38-year-old is happy working with the police and does not believe that the police is an anti-intellectual organisation.

'The SAPS is a good organisation for growth with high opportunities. The impression outside [from the community] is that the police are uneducated ... I enjoy serving the community with respect and dignity,'' he said.

While performing his doctoral research he completed twp other courses at institutions of higher learning.

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For his PhD, Potelwa explored the concept of visual art education with convicted adults at a correctional facility in the Eastern Cape.

He has not always worked with the police, in 2006 he entered the police service as a constable but resigned to take up a position as an art teacher at Mdumazulu Junior Secondary School in Ngqeleni.

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In 2011 he returned to the SAPS as a forensic analyst. Currently, he is working at the provincial SAPS forensics department in Zwelitsha as a facial identification expert.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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