07 Sep 2013 05:30
ONDANGWA, 07 SEP (NAMPA) - Close to 580 Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers completed a three-month border and installation guard retraining course here on Friday.
The training course took place at the Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region.
Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga officiated at the passing-out parade of the 579 officers.
Nine of the initial 592 trainees were discharged for indiscipline, while some could not complete the training due to ill-health or natural death.
A total of 205 female officers took part in the course.
The Border and Installation Guard Course was the second of its kind this year. It was aimed at enhancing capacity building of members of NamPols Special Field Force (SFF) in line with their responsibilities.
The main subjects of the training course involved lessons on the safeguarding of national borders and strategic Government installations in the country.
This initiative (training course) paves the way for our members to effectively and efficiently fight cross-border and transnational crimes along the border with our neighbouring countries, Ndeitunga explained.
He expressed confidence that the knowledge and skills the border and installation guards reaped from the retraining programme will enable them to deal with all challenges which may confront them during the execution of their duties at the borders.
It is my considered opinion that the three months that you have spent here augmented further your knowledge and skills in your respective fields of training to deliver quality service to the Namibian nation with dedication, commitment and confidence, the NamPol Inspector-General noted.
He reminded the retrained border and installation guards that as members of an uniformed organisation, they are expected to be exemplary at all times in terms of general discipline, honesty, loyalty and above all self-sacrifice and determination to serve the countrys interest above their personal interest.
Oshana regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa also addressed the same passing-out parade, and called on the guards to operate in cooperation with traditional and other community leaders if they are to succeed in their efforts to curb crime.
He reminded them that NamPol is mandated to maintain the safety and security of the people living within the borders of Namibia.