By Donna Collins
DEPUTY Commissioner, Ottilie Kashuupulwa, has bid farewell to her post as Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, after being appointed as Oshana’s Regional Head of Police Administration.
Kashuupulwa, who has been based in Walvis Bay for over five years, was also the first woman to be appointed as Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator.
She is also a former Swakopmund Police Station Commander, which was also a first for a female officer.
Kashuupulwa will now be based in Oshakati.
Commenting on her new post, Kashuupulwa said, “This position will not be new to me, as I have done a lot of administrative work during my long police career.”
She also expressed happiness about going back to her region of birth, after spending 20 years serving in other regions.
Kashuupulwa’s steady hand and dedication over the years, has resulted in her being regarded as one of the country’s m most respected female officers.
She has notched up extensive qualifications over the years, including a Certificate in Criminal Justice, Constitutionalism and Human Rights from the University of Namibia, as well as a Bachelor Policing Practise Degree.
She initially served at the Oshakati Police Station for over six years, after which she was transferred to Windhoek’s Wanaheda Police Station, where she worked as an investigating officer on juvenile cases, among others.
In 2001, she was transferred to Walvis Bay, as an investigating officer in the Criminal Investigating Unit.
In 2003, she was appointed as the unit commander of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit in the coastal town.
From 2006, she served as
Swakopmund Police Station Commander, a post she held until 2011.
It was during this time that she excelled in working with the community to curb crime, among a range of other policing duties.
She later gained further promotion, to the rank of deputy commissioner, and was transferred to the Omaheke region, where she served a short stint as Regional Crime Investigation Coordinator.
Four months later, she returned to Windhoek, where she served as Head of Community Policing, until she was transferred back to Walvis Bay, and promoted to Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator.
Kashuupulwa described herself as a strong and self-empowered woman, who embarked on her first police training in Zambia, back in 1990.
She said she had wanted to join the police force, since she was a young girl.
“I enjoy solving crime investigation problems, and serving my country, and I always believed that as a woman, I would make a positive difference to our society,” she told Confidente.
“I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my life, especially since I was born in the Oshana region, where I have a lot of family and friends.
“I am not saying good bye to the Erongo. My daughter and grandchild live in Swakopmund; besides, I am not leaving the police force, and believe that we will all meet again in the line of duty.” Her Erongo post has been filled by Deputy Commissioner, Erastus Iikuyu, who was promoted on 1 April.
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