Police station commanders trained to coach cadets

12 May 2016 07:40am
OTJIWARONGO, 12 MAY (NAMPA) - Nearly 50 police station commanders and senior regional police officials in the Otjozondjupa Region are attending two days’ training on how to mentor police constables fresh from college.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute on Wednesday officially opened the workshop on behalf of Police Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
Ndeitunga said in a speech delivered on his behalf the workshop is the first of its kind. It is aimed at capacitating police station commanders to coach police constables deployed to their police stations.
“For now the workshop is a pilot project in the Otjozondjupa Region, and we will later roll it out to other regions in the country,” he said.
The Inspector-General said the idea started after some community members and local newspapers criticised members of the police force for non-performance and unprofessional behaviour.
He said most of the criticism pointed to police constables who had just graduated from police training colleges.
The workshop is conducted by NamPol’s Chief Inspector Gerhard Wimmerth from the sub-division of leadership and management in the force in the capital.
Police Chief Inspector Chairmane Uahindua, head of police field training; and Chief Inspector Mervin Namoya also form part of the team providing the training.
The workshop ends on Thursday.
There are 25 police stations in the Otjozondjupa Region.