Poly students informed about crime

26 Jul 2015 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - The Polytechnic of Namibia on Wednesday held a crime awareness day to sensitize students on the real effects of crime, emphasising that crime affects each and every person in Namibia.
The day brought together several members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), City Police (CP), various members of the different Neighbourhood Watch groups (NHW), Women and Men Network Against Crime (WMNaC), and students from the Polytechnic's Students Against Crime (PolySAC) organisation.
There are currently 21 active NHW groups and 63 network groups in the Khomas Region.
Addressing around 250 students, NamPol Khomas Regional Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze said a good police officer has a special attitude and characteristics such as good discipline, passion for the work, honesty and the ability to cope with different challenges.
Tjiveze, who was involved in training police officers for more than 18 years, said his new role as regional commander is a challenge but a new and better chapter, as he can see the results of the training in officers now in the field. He was appointed in his new position in January this year and effectively took over the office in March this year.
“The manpower of the Namibian Police Force is one of the most important factors in reaching the goal for a safer country.
“That is where the role of the community comes in and with more members of the community involved in this fight we can surely make differences and changes to the circumstances of our region and the country at large,” he said.
The commissioner said drugs and alcohol usage is one of the biggest challenges communities currently face, stressing that “change begins within ourselves”.
Meanwhile, outgoing PolySAC President, Elias Heloa told fellow students that in most cases, many of the crimes taking place on the campus are due to students’ negligence.
“We are the ones who give our student cards to persons who do not belong to this institution. They come in and steal, and at the end, you are the ones reporting that your stuff is stolen,” Heloa said.
He further encouraged students not to withdraw cases reported with the police once their stolen items have been recovered, as the perpetrators need to be punished and rehabilitated.
As part of the day, NamPol’s narcotics and explosive units demonstrated the efficiency of their trained K-9s (police dogs) by hiding various items like narcotics and dummy explosives. The dogs sniffed out such items, and received a standing ovation from the students.