OMUTHIYA, 16 JUN – Continued improvement of police infrastructure is also geared towards ensuring that members of the force have access to a decent and conducive working environment, President Hage Geingob said on Friday.
He said this whilst officiating at the inauguration of both the new Oshikoto Namibian Police (NamPol) regional headquarters and NamPol station at Omuthiya on Friday.
Similarly, the two facilities, Geingob said, will aid in relieving the burden from other police facilities within the region, by providing accommodation and care for suspected offenders and perpetrators from the area.
The Head of State said modern infrastructure plays a role in availing facilities that enhance job satisfaction, and this contributes to improved performance.
“By providing our police officers with new and improved infrastructure we are enabling them to be more efficient and effective in carrying out their duties.”
Geingob appealed to the people of Oshikoto not to harbour criminals, even though they may be their brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.
“Instead, discourage them from all kinds of criminal activities and social evils, so that they may be part of the law-abiding citizens of our country,” he pleaded.
Geingob said public buildings and facilities are symbols of national development and progress and reminded inhabitants of the importance of taking pride in them alongside preserving the structures for future generations.
Speaking at the same event, NamPol Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga noted that although crime is manageable in Oshikoto, there are still concerns on the crime and criminality in the region.
According to Ndeitunga, 3 809 criminal cases were recorded in the region during the 2017/18 financial year, and common cases are common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, housebreaking and theft, general theft, stock theft and rape.
“The region also recorded 1 066 road accidents, resulting in 66 fatalities during the same period,” said Ndeitunga.
Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh and Minister of Defence Penda Ya Ndakolo also attended the official inauguration of the police facilities.