- Constable Amy Fielding is the first female cop in the Northern Cape to ever drive a police Casper
- The heavy vehicles have up until now only been driven by male officers
- The young officer's determination and endurance meant she finally received the great honour this year
Officer Amy Fielding is doing it for the girls.
The Kimberly cop joins the handful of female officers in the country qualified to drive an armoured police vehicle. The intimidating machines are usually only manned by male colleges but Fielding was determined to drive one herself.
After receiving her Code 10 driver's licence, which qualified the young woman to drive heavy trucks, Fielding knew it was time to move on to the even more taxing challenge of finally being authorised to drive a police Casper.
Constable Fielding’s determination paid off when she recently got behind the wheel of the huge SAPS Casper and successfully manoeuvred the vehicle.
Her evident skill behind the wheel resulted in her receiving her state authority at the Springbok Training Centre to drive the mammoth vehicle.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Henriette de Waal was very impressed and left speechless when she became aware of the young officer's amazing accomplishment.
Constable Amy Fielding is the first female cop in the province to ever receive this honour.
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported Constable Thulile Gwala recently received the recognition she deserved after becoming the very first woman to start working at Eshowe Garage in the KwaZulu-Natal area.
In a heartwarming and inspirational post, SAPS praised the young woman for staying true to her dream despite the many stereotypes that barricade her way to success.
"Constable Thulile Gwala is an embodiment of a popular saying which says dynamites come in small packages. The diminutive Cst Gwala is employed as an artisan at Eshowe Mechanical Services.
"She began her career in the South African Police Services in October of 2020 and her arrival was met with a fair amount of curiosity, a first female mechanic at Eshowe Garage in KwaZulu-Natal. Cst Gwala is not just an ordinary mechanic but she is a qualified diesel mechanic which is a specific skill."
The post then explains how Gwala is not always greeted warmly by some clients who prefer their cars to be worked on by men. They would then leave feeling astounded that she was able to perfectly complete the job.
They then go on to say how having women like Gwala are forever changing the way society views gender roles and are now becoming more open to the idea that women can do anything they set their minds to.
Locals had this to say:
Russell Marais said:
"Salute lady. Go for it"
Thembela Ntsimango said:
"She is so beautiful, keep up doing a great job."
"Oooooh just love stories like these."
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