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Slain officer loved her job

One of the two officers that were killed on Christmas day was dedicated, according to family.

Relatives and colleagues attend a memorial service of two officers who were killed on Christmas Day. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The family of a police officer, who was killed in a car crash in Parow on Friday, said they tried to convince her to leave her job after she was injured in a minor road incident earlier this year.

Sergeant Glynnis Lorenzo and Constable Quinton Snell were killed when a car allegedly jumped a red robot and smashed into their vehicle on Christmas morning.

They were on duty at the time.

At a memorial service for the two South African Police Service (SAPS) members, Lorenzo's brother-in-law, Sydney Gordon, told the congregation she had a close shave earlier in 2012 when a truck almost knocked her over as she was assisting someone.

"They had to jump out of the way and as a result they were injured. I told her to get out of the police force but she refused saying she loved her job."

She was praised her for her dedication to the force.

Relatives and colleagues paid an emotional tribute to duo.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said being an officer is often a thankless job.

"We also want to take leave and be at home with our families but we chose to serve the community."

Meanwhile, Cape Town Metro Police say they have been forced to increase patrols in light of the recent high number of drunk driver arrests on the city's roads.

With the festive season in full swing, metro police say there has been a huge increase in motorists caught for driving under the influence.

Law enforcement say despite a drop in alcohol confiscation on beaches this summer, many beachgoers continue to break the law.

Metro Police's Nowellyn Petersen says they will continue their clampdown on beaches.

"The consumption of alcohol on beaches remains a concern for us. We have confiscated large quantities of liquor."