Before his shift starts and the sun rises, Warrant Officer Andries Douglas visits the quiet streets of Ceres to put his “policing from the heart” policy into action.

He walks along Main Road to where the homeless are sleeping and quietly drapes warm blankets over the small group huddled together on the pavement.

Most of the needy don’t wake up but some smile thankfully as Douglas hands over more blankets wrapped in ribbon and topped with a flower.

Photos that his wife took of the early morning visit have been shared widely on Facebook.

“I wanted them to just realise the next morning that somebody put a blanket on top of them, that they care,” he told News24 on Tuesday.

“It really is from the heart.”

The group of around 15 street people were recently moved from a place offering them shelter, he said. Douglas got to know them a bit better and found out their names and where they were born.

The cold is starting to set in around South Africa and Douglas feels that we should all be helping our fellow communities.

“A cold winter is coming and snow is expected. These people have no other option, so we have to reach out and try to help them.”

Douglas has been in the police force for about 25 years and said it is important to lead from the front.

“You’re being judged by what you do. Being a policeman is a gift from God. It is a calling and something that is given to you.”

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