I would like to thank the men and women of the Namibian Police of the criminal investigation department for their hard work and professionalism.
I feel like this needs to be said. I have spent plenty of time talking about systemic discrimination against the LBGTI community, and in some instances, incidences of police brutality. Those issues are real and desperately need to be dealt with. We must not turn a blind eye to these issues.
But at the same time, I think sometimes I forget simply to say thank you to the brave souls who put their lives on the line each and every day to help ensure a safe society. I think Police officers choose to deal with complex, dangerous, and confusing situations in the underbelly of society, situations to which most of us get the privilege of turning a blind eye to.
In March this year, I was robbed of my car, money and cellphone in Windhoek as well as being seriously injured. But today (Monday) morning, I received all my things recovered by the Namibian Police.
I must reiterate that police officers see the worst elements of humanity on a daily basis. It must be tremendously hard to avoid cynicism. I can relate to this robbery. In the gay community, one also encounters the worst of humanity, the flip side is that one also gets to see some of the best of humanity and this helps.
Still, even in the gay community, cynicism and fatalism become occupational hazards.
However, there are so many police officers who operate under extreme pressure with professionalism and show respect to those who do not always return the favour. So many police officers do this even when wondering whether their lives will be in danger which should be credited.
I want to say thank you to the many good police officers who serve our communities, keep us safe, protect the abused, keep getting up and going each and every day, and do it all for low pay and little thanks.
Thank you for the many times you choose to be professional and respectful and calm, even when what is thrown at you is the complete opposite. Thank you for being so kind and tender to women and children and victims of abuse. Thank you for choosing to walk into the middle of complex, messy situations and still be there and try to do the right thing. I’m lifting up a prayer for you today, for your safety, for wisdom, for courage.
If I speak out against systemic problems in police departments or against wrong actions by individuals, please know that doesn’t detract from my appreciation of and respect for you and the difficult, complex job you do each and every day. Thank you for being willing to serve.
With respect, grateful citizen
Wendelinus Ndiwakalunga Hamutenya
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