30 Apr 2016 13:00pm
KARIBIB, 30 APR (NAMPA) - Members of the national security forces stationed in the Erongo Region on Tuesday participated in the roll-out of 'Operation Omake' to the Otjimbingwe settlement south of Karibib.
Sergeant Ileni Shapumba of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Community Policing Affairs division for Erongo confirmed this in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Friday.
The official launch of Operation Omake in Erongo took place in Usakos on 07 April 2016 after which it spread to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
As the two coastal towns do not have as many bushy areas as other towns, the operations here include regular police patrols, confiscation of unlicensed guns and other dangerous weapons, as well as stricter controls of shebeen operating hours.
Shapumba confirmed that participants at Otjimbingwe cleared bushes from riverbeds close to roads where community members have been attacked and where drugs have been found hidden.
He said there were 30 uniformed members from the Air Force, 20 from the Correctional Service as well as more than 20 from NamPol and the community of Otjimbingwe.
We received good support in Otjimbingwe, so I want to take this opportunity to thank those who came and encouraged the community of Erongo to be supportive of Operation Omake. We need support to combat crimes, said the sergeant.
Shapumba said Omake will also be rolled out in other towns and settlements such as Karibib, Omaruru and Uis early next month.
Operation Omake was in November 2015 established as a directive from President Hage Geingob to law enforcement agencies and community, to intensify crime prevention initiatives and public safety operations aimed at combating crime, but particularly gender-based violence (GBV).
It has since spread to other regions such as Oshana, //Kharas, Omaheke and Kavango East.
Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh on Wednesday told Parliament the police seized 305 illegal pistols, 2 011 rounds of ammunition and drugs with a street value of N.dollars 1 747 728 in the ongoing Operation Omake across the country since last year.