NamPol training budget allocation not enough: Tjongarero

27 Mar 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Agnes Tjongarero has expressed concern over the budget allocation for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for the training of new police officers.
The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko announced in the National Assembly (NA) last week during the introduction of the ministry's budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year that N.dollars 177,6 million of the N.dollars 4,28 billion dollars allocated to NamPol will be used for training and development.
He said the programme is aimed at improving police service delivery by providing quality education, training and development through basic, advanced and specialised training as well as staff development programmes.
The programme will provide educational and skills’ development opportunities to members of the Namibian Police Force in professional fields, which include strategic leadership and management training.
The programme will also provide training on information and communication technology, crime analysis, crime prevention, investigation and detection, forensics, crowd control, riot policing, counter-terrorism and dog-handling.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Tjongarero said there is a backlog of information when it comes to accommodation, transport, uniforms and proper facilities, especially for police officers working at roadblocks.
She stated that the Police Force has a responsibility to provide safety and security to Very Important Persons (VIPs), visitors to the country as well as national leaders alike.
“Police are an integral part of the law. They have a responsibility to collect accurate information for prosecutors in a court of law,” she noted.
If there are funds left over in the national budget, the Ministry of Finance should thus allocate it to the police, she argued.
Tjongarero added that although recruitment is important and must continue, the budget allocation for the training of police officers is not adequate to empower police officers in different ranks to be properly trained for service excellence.