Community policing to tackle crime in Omaheke

30 Mar 2015 17:20pm
GOBABIS, 30 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omaheke Region have embarked upon various education and information campaigns in efforts to deter criminal activities in the region.
The campaigns will be conducted at community level in the various constituencies through the NamPol Community Policing Division.
Amongst others, police officers will conduct regular updates on crime prevention at community structures, public addresses and other awareness activities throughout the year.
NamPol have also identified schools, public notice board facilities and public libraries as feasible points to spread their message on the prevention of crime.
Speaking to Nampa about the initiative recently, Warrant Officer Fina Sakajengenga said they have deliberately targeted schools in order to enhance a spirit of crime prevention and mitigation into Namibia's young adults.
“Our aim is to have a different approach to crime solving. We do not want to wait on these young children to commit crime and then give them tips on how to prevent it; ours is a pro-active approach to the issue,” she said.
Selected schools and public libraries have dedicated 'Police Corners', which displays information on the work, mandate and operations of NamPol. Information and tips on crime prevention and procedures to follow when laying complaints with the police are also on display at these 'Police Corners'.
“The community is our biggest partner in the fight against crime, and as such we cannot devise crime prevention initiatives without their involvement, hence these community-policing initiatives,” Sakajengenga said.
Community leaders will also be expected to inform and guide their subjects on how they could contribute to crime prevention efforts through community policing.