13 Jul 2013 07:00
OKAKARARA, 13 JUL (NAMPA) - The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko on Friday said the Department of Police in his ministry continues to improve its services with regards to the provision of a better working environment for Namibian Police Force (NamPol) members in all 13 regions.
Ngatjizeko said this during the official inauguration of two blocks of police barracks and a two-bedroom house at the Okakarara Police Station.
?The provision of accommodation and offices for our police force members will continue countrywide despite the scarce financial resources at our disposal,? he stated.
The minister noted that the Otjozondjupa Region alone benefited a lot this year as several police stations, police holding cells and accommodation facilities have been constructed at Otjituuo, Coblenz, Okamatapati, Grootfontein, Kalkfeld and Okakarara, amongst other places in the region.
The actual construction of the Okakarara police barracks commenced on 25 February 2011 and was divided into two phases. It was completed in June this year at a cost of over N.dollars 6,45 million.
According to Ngatjizeko, stock theft in the area of Okakarara is very high, followed by different types of assaults and grievous bodily harm (GBH).
The Safety and Security minister called on the community members, traditional authorities and church members here to work with the police to combat these crimes.
?I am also disturbed to learn that many of our young people have become users of drugs at an alarming rate in the country, and I want to use this opportunity to call on our stakeholders to report to us any person dealing with drugs like cannabis and cocaine, amongst others,? said Ngatjizeko.
He urged the members of the police to also intensify their patrols and operations in order to arrest suspects transporting drugs or engaged in drug dealing.
The minister said all stakeholders should team up and stop pointing fingers at each other, adding that an increase in drug use ?literally means an increase in crime?.
?Our nation is in danger because of drugs. We need to act as quickly as possible to arrest the perpetrators,? he stressed.
Ngatjizeko also warned all police officers in the country to stay away from committing crime, and to focus their attention on protecting the lives and property of Namibians.
He then the NamPol members at Okakarara to take care of the new accommodation facilities, saying the Okakarara police charge office and its holding cells are next on the list for renovation.