By Confidente Reporter
THE Namibian Police Force will have to fork out over N$61 million in civil claim damages laid against the force in the 2014/2015 financial year. The claims emanating from 58 cases covers shootings, cases of assault, accidents and damages to property amongst others involving police officers.
Of these 58 cases, the highest of 28 was reported in the Khomas region at N$8 503 318, five each in the Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions at N$313 453 and N$600 470 respectively. The //Karas and Ohangwena regions each recorded four cases at N$236 351 and N$652 210 respectively.
Trailing closely behind is the Oshana and Criminal Investigation direction with three cases each worth N$284 200 while the Omaheke and Oshikoto regions recorded two cases each at N$306 000 and N$250 000 respectively.
The Zambezi, Hardap and Kavango East regions as well as the Human Resources Directorate and Very Important Person Protection Directorate (VIPPD) each recorded one case at a combined value of N$82 873.
On top of the 58 civil claims, another 1464 criminal cases were opened against members of the forces with the Erongo, Kavango East, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions taking the lead.
According to the statistics, the police will also have to fork out over N$1, 6 million as a result of damages to police vehicles in 311 separate incidents the same year. Of the 311 cases, 61 were reported in the Khomas region valued at of N$622 376, 43 in Erongo at N$148 407, 22 in //Karas at N$76 558 while 19 cases were reported against the Very Important Persons Protection Directorate (VIPPD) at N$77 288. The Oshikoto region recorded 17 cases totaling N$74 096, Omaheke with 15 at N$53 980, 13 against the Training and Development Directorate at N$122 154, Otjozondjupa with 12 at N$27 682 and 11 against the Procurement and Logistics Directorate at N$45 077.
The Special Field Force Directorate, Kunene and Zambezi regions each recorded nine cases with a value N$27 504, N$N$23 028 and N$43 629 respectively while eight cases were recorded in the Hardap region at N$107 738.
At the bottom is the Ohangwena region with six cases at N$19 396, five each against the Criminal Investigation Directorate and Special Reserve Force at N$9 876 and N$10 538 respectively. The Omusati region and the Communications Directorate clocked four cases each at N$11 908 and N$3 949 respectively while the IGP’s Office got three cases at N$12 593.
The Directorates of Air wing; Force Policy, Planning and Development, Gender and Welfare, Human Resources, Public Relations, Special Branch and the Kavango west region each recorded one case at a combined cost of N$54 270.
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