2 800 Police officers to be recruited this year: Ngatjizeko

16 Jul 2014 17:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – The Minister of Safety and Security is concerned about the slow investigation of criminal cases by the Namibian Police Force.
Immanuel Ngatjizeko said this during the official opening of the Criminal Investigation Conference in Swakopmund on Wednesday.
“I have been informed that cases are being reported and files are piling up because investigations are not completed. This shows that we are unable or not willing to complete such investigations. We must make sure investigations are completed on time, so that cases can be finalised for justice to prevail,” he urged.
He said the nation expect the police to thoroughly and timely investigate their cases, and when that does not happen they (nation) lose faith, therefore there is a need to work extra hard.
“For the community, success is when we solve a serious case, but without that they cannot give us any credit. Imagine a case will take for instance two or three years just for investigations,” says Ngatjizeko.
On Central Intelligence investigations, he said such investigations on members of the police are also very slow.
Ngatjizeko stated that Force members suspected of offences must be dealt with timely, and not be allowed to continue working with pending cases.
“I personally want to look into this matter of police cases taking so long to be completed. If we do not complete cases of police officers on time, the nation will conclude that those who are supposed to investigate are corrupt,” he stressed.
On training of new investigators, the minister noted that 2 800 new members will be recruited this year to ensure there is more staff and work is done on time.
Another subject of concern is case dockets getting ‘lost’ at the hands of police officers. Ngatjizeko thus directed that it should come to an end, because the police are entrusted with handling such important records.
“This is a serious issue, case dockets getting lost while we are supposed to safely keep them. I hope the Electronic Policing (E-Policing) will solve the disappearance of case dockets. You are being accused of being corrupt by being paid to make dockets disappear, lets guard against that,” he said.
The five-day conference was organised by the Ministry of Safety and Security to strategise how to efficiently and effectively investigate criminal cases.
Other objectives of the conference are to identify best practices aimed at enhancing regional police cooperation, to fight cross border crimes and share best practices with key stakeholders in the administration of justice.
It will further discuss how to implement resolutions from the 2014 National Conference on Gender-Based Violence, Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) consultative meeting of 2012 as well as the workshop on case docket management of 2011.
About 50 officials are attending the conference, including Deputy Inspector-General of Operations in the Namibian Police, Major-General Vilho Nghifidaka, and Head of CID, Commissioner Nicholas Endjala.