12 Apr 2015 16:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 APR (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force in the //Karas Region is understaffed by a staggering 64 per cent.
The total staff structure for NamPol in the region is calculated at 2 211, while only 806 officers are deployed throughout the vast region.
This number includes 138 freshly-trained cadet constables deployed to various stations across //Karas during an official ceremony in Keetmanshoop on Friday.
Commenting to Nampa about the staff shortage however, police commander of the region, Commissioner Armas Shivute said his team tries to work optimally with the available resources.
He added that another advantage was that crime was relatively low and under control at some villages, towns and settlements in the region.
Shivute said the highest rates occurred in Keetmanshoop - which can produce up to 100 cases per month, while a station such as Warmbad on several occasions boasted with zero recorded cases in a month.
He said these figures by no means meant that a fully-staffed police complement would be excessive in the region; instead partly attributing the successes to police patrolling and mutual cooperation between the force and community members.
In an earlier interview with this agency, Shivute said the bulk of crimes were linked to shebeens and the use of alcohol and drugs, most notably during month-ends. He said these crimes were often violent in nature and were committed largely among people related either through family ties, romantic or friendly relations.
On Friday, he reminded the new cadets that the maintenance of law and order was a calling and advised them to serve with dedication and pride.
Stay away from corruption, indiscipline and absenteeism and show integrity and respect. Be the police official your community salutes with pride, he said.
Shivute said the officers had no excuse not to execute their duties as the region received 48 new vehicles during the past financial year. Similarly, he warned the cadets to treat all resources, including the vehicles, with care and said that any negligence would be dealt with swiftly.
During the event, the cadets gave a demonstration of their marching skills while delivering an original song pledging their commitment to police work.
On behalf of the cadets, Constable Christa Goliath applauded their trainers and training over the last six months and vowed to go out and serve the respective communities with enthusiasm and dedication.
Also present to receive the new recruits were the station commanders of the 14 police stations and seven border posts of the //Karas Region.