Crime prevention conference underway at Otjiwarongo
21 Jan 2016 17:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 21 JAN (NAMPA) A two-day strategic planning and crime prevention conference for Namibian Police Force (NamPol) station commanders in the Otjozondjupa Region is underway at the Paresis Show Grounds in Otjiwarongo.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge on Thursday officially opened the conference.
Ipinge said a conference of this nature excites him because it is aimed at finding new means of preventing crime in the region.
Engagement of this nature also excites me because it is where different challenges facing the Otjozondjupa police station commanders will be discussed, he said.
He then urged all police station commanders and police unit commanders in the region to see to it that when they return to their police stations they serve community members with dedication and commitment, adding that they must strengthen the relationship between the two (police and community members).
Ipinge appealed to the general public in the region to assist the police by reporting crimes committed and tipping off the police about criminal activities taking place in their areas so that Otjozondjupa can become a safer place to live in.
The governor also urged community members not to buy stolen goods from criminals as this creates a market for stolen goods.
On his part, the Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute said he will ensure that the strategies to be formulated during the conference are realistic, workable and applicable to all police stations in the region.
Otjozondjupa has 787 police officers and 27 police stations.