By Donna Collins
A firm and hard hitting wake-up call was delivered to NAMPOL by the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh during a five-day Namibian Police and Correctional Services workshop held in Swakopmund last week.
The pivotal think tank was attended by over 180 delegates from all regions which ranged in rank, as a pathway leading up to the Ministry of Safety and Security rolling out new and improved strategies for the next five years.
Namoloh didn’t mince his words during his address at the closing ceremony on Friday, when he said, “Can we say with confidence that we have made the most of what the Government has provided the Ministry of Safety and Security, and with this are we are serving and protecting our citizens?
“If one has to look at the number of unsolved criminal cases, the number of officers involved in work outside of their duty, the smuggling of cellphones and other prohibited items into our prisons, or the number of negative newspaper reports about the police and the Ministry, it begs the question that despite our numbers and our huge working budget, if police force have integrity.
“We are a society that lives in fear and are too petrified to move around after dark, because our neighbourhoods and towns have been taken over by merciless criminals who assault, rape, rob and break into our homes, and the Namibian nation needs to trust in us to serve and protect them in an hour of need.”
He pointed out that the current police force of 17 000 strong, with a budget of billions of Namibian dollars, is a far cry compared to the few thousand dollars that the police force of 800 men and women worked with during independence.
“Many of us were in the liberation struggle and didn’t have a budget, and if we were ordered to go on a mission, we did not ask for S&T, or cars or where we will sleep – we went out there and did the job,” he stated, adding that despite the lack of resources made available to the police back then, they fought the struggle and brought independence to this country,
“Are these perks helping the police do a better job, because the crime statistics tell a different story,” Namoloh concluded, saying the ultimate goal of the Ministry is to continue to fight crime and fulfil its obligation of protecting the citizens of this country, plus keeping those who are incarcerated where they belong in a humane manner.
Some of the pointers discussed, dealt with matters concerning increased police visibility, inmates rehabilitation progress, the possible installation of more CCTV cameras in crime hot spots, as well as the implementation of suggestion boxes throughout all the regions.
Speaking briefly about the occasion the, Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Daniel Kashikola, said that the workshop is a platform for the two services to undergo self-evaluation and to take stock, in order to determine how well they are operating within their prescribed mandates.
“This is a creative planning exercise, and not a budget proposal process,” said Kashikola. “We are always striving for better ways to improve and strengthen our mechanism, and by analysing how we are currently performing only then will the Ministry enter into the next phase of its operation.”
Amongst the delegates were Nampol Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga, Correctional Services Commissioner General Raphael Hamunyela, as well as the Permanent Secretary of Safety and Security Trephine Kamati.
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