25 Jun 2013 06:00
ONDANGWA, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has called on senior commanders of NamPol?s Special Field Force to always bear in mind that their directorate has a mammoth task in safeguarding Namibian borders.
Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga made the call whilst officially opening an annual conference for the senior commanders of the Special Field Force (SFF) Directorate at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region on Monday.
Ndeitunga told the SFF senior commanders their directorate also has the task of safeguarding key Government institutions.
?I therefore, would like to stress that it is well-known that the core function of the SFF directorate is to combat cross-border crimes, as well as to protect key government institutions,? he stated.
The NamPol head said he wants the management of the SFF directorate to see to it that through their annual conference, appropriate strategies are initiated and aligned according to the NamPol Crime Management Plan, and also to advise him on the next course of action in terms of discipline, policies and general management of the force.
Ndeitunga informed the SFF senior commanders that they are under instruction during the conference deliberations to focus more on how best they can reduce cross-border crime, especially along the northern border lines from the Caprivi to Kunene Regions.
?You must ensure that operations are carried out by unit commanders on a regular basis in co-ordination with their regional commanders to curb such ill practices across our borders,? the Inspector-General urged.
Ndeitunga also wants the SFF directorate annual conference to come up with practical resolutions to ensure that housebreaking incidents at Government buildings and theft of Government property from ministries, offices and agencies are reduced and culprits are brought to book at all times.
?This crime trend should not be allowed to continue. However, this can only be realised if we are all security conscious, with proper security planning and training,? he said.
The five-day conference ends on Friday.