20 Jun 2013 08:30
OTJIWARONGO, 20 JUN (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa police officers are combining forces to assist needy residents here.
To this effect, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) members here on Wednesday launched an initiative called the Otjozondjupa Police Charity Organisation.
It is run by the Otjozondjupa Police Wellness Committee, headquartered at the Otjiwarongo police station.
The Otjozondjupa regional police provide policing services to Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Okakarara, Kalkfeld, Tsumkwe and Grootfontein, including surrounding farms.
NamPol?s wellness co-ordinator here, Detective Warrant Officer Wilka Haikali told Nampa that the items already collected will be donated to needy people as from next month.
The items include food, second-hand or new clothes, pots, dishes and blankets.
Haikali said the donations mainly come from the police officers themselves, but offerings are also welcome from the general public.
She explained that during the recent police operations around the region, the police officers discovered residents who are living in extreme poverty, and are in need of urgent assistance.
?We have seen people who sleep without covering their bodies at night during this cold. They also sleep on empty stomachs. Those are the people we are targeting to assist with the food, clothes and blankets,? said Haikali.
She could, however, not say how many they aim to assist, but called on the general public and businesspeople to drop off anything at the Otjiwarongo Police Station that they think will help the needy.
Otjozondjupa NamPol Chief Operations? Officer, Chief Inspector Levi Richter was also present at the launch of the charity.
He thus urged all police officers in the region to ?pour out their hearts? for the poor people, and to donate whatever materials they are not using.
The Otjozondjupa Region has over 500 NamPol members.
Richter assured all police officers in the region that the contributions towards the charity organisation will start from the top regional police members, and therefore, the idea must be supported without fail.
He also appealed to the police force members here to ?turn around? the wrong perception of the general public that police officers are heartless, and only arrest people.
?Let?s show them that we are here to serve the nation, and that we are not heartless,? noted Richter.