16 Aug 2013 08:31
OTJIWARONGO, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Erastus Uutoni on Wednesday inaugurated a new police station at the Dobe Border Post in the Tsumkwe Constituency.
The Dobe Border Post is situated some 53 kilometres east of Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region, connecting Namibia and Botswana.
I am reliably informed that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has so far successfully refurbished 18 police station facilities in the country, and has built 14 more facilities countrywide in the 2012/2013 financial year, Uutoni noted.
He said the Department of Police in his ministry will continue to enhance policing services under the improved charge offices in all 14 regions.
The newly-constructed police facilities at the Dobe Border Post include a charge office, ablution facilities, police barracks, a kitchen and store-rooms.
The barracks can accommodate 30 police officers.
The construction of the police station started in 2011, and was completed this month at a cost of over N.dollars 4,3 million.
Uutoni said it is crucial to see border police officers empowered and equipped the way they are at the new police station, because drugs of all kinds enter and exit the country through border posts.
As these drugs are detrimental to the health of our people and remain a cause of crimes in this country, I urge all parents to unite and work with police force members in fighting any type of drug-related crime, he stressed.
He furthermore called on all Namibians to join community policing forums, and to assist members of the police force in fighting crime.
Members of the police were also urged to intensify border patrol operations, and arrest suspects transporting drugs into and out of the country, including those involved in drug-dealing.
The inauguration of the Dobe Border Post police station was witnessed by, amongst others, Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma; Tsumkwe Constituency Councillor Francina Hishekwa-Ghauz; and NamPols Deputy Inspector-General for Administration, Major-General James Tjivikua.