Omaheke police unveil 'Suggestion Box'

07 Jul 2014 15:10pm
GOBABIS, 07 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Omaheke regional commander has called on local communities to assist them in the execution of their duties by providing information on criminal activities occurring within their respective communities.
Commissioner Josephat Abel said during the unveiling of a public suggestion box here on Friday that the police can only effectively root out crime from society if it is provided with timeous information on suspected criminal undertakings, as such information could lead to the arrest of culprits on the spot.
The commander said more than half of criminal cases taking place could be stopped or prevented before lives or property is lost, if reported on time.
“We need the input of the community in rooting out crime in this region. The police cannot do it alone.
Information can even be supplied on an anonymous basis if you are afraid of victimisation - as long as the police have the information which could allow them to act on it in time,” he noted.
Abel furthermore warned that harbouring criminals or failing to report clear cases of corruption and other crimes is a not only a serious offence, but also an injustice to the hard work of the police in the region.
“When you hide a criminal or attempt to conceal a crime, just remember that today you might be the one doing it to another person, but tomorrow you will be on the receiving end.
It is better to avoid such activities, as the long arm of the law will always catch up with you,” the top cop stressed.
The police suggestion box, similar to the ones usually mounted in front of post offices for the mailing of letters, was erected in front of the Gobabis Post Office to be utilised by the public.
The Omaheke police have encouraged members of the public to make suggestions or give tip-offs on criminal activities to the police by making use of the newly-unveiled 'suggestion box'.