Dormant police women’s network at Otjozondjupa revived

08 Sep 2016 13:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 08 SEP (NAMPA) - Efforts to revive the dormant Otjozondjupa Police Women’s Network started here on Wednesday with a day-long consultative meeting attended by 111 female police officers.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute on Wednesday commanded the female police officers in the region to revive this police women’s network.
“From today onwards, I expect to see you conducting your own police operations and confronting all types of crimes against women in this region without the assistance of a male police officer,” he said.
The Otjozondjupa Region has 1 051 police officers - 639 male and 412 female - at 27 police stations.
The network was founded in the region in 2010, but stopped operating in 2013 when some members moved out of the region.
It aims to give female police officers a platform to come together regularly and discuss matters that hamper their growth in the force, and how they could effectively operate by assisting each other as women.
The network further strives to mentor women in uniform to advance their police careers and become equals to their male counterparts in the force, while providing adequate support to women in general who face sexual harassment and marital abuse.
Shivute urged female police officers in Namibia to also establish informers in the localities they operate in.
The network in Otjozondjupa is headed by Police Detective, Chief Inspector Stella Shipanga.
She told Nampa on Thursday the network ceased to operate because most of its members transferred from their duty stations elsewhere, making it difficult for her smaller team of female police officers to continue with the activities of the network in the vast Otjozondjupa Region.
She said a committee comprising senior female police officers was established on Wednesday to drive forward the network.
“We plan to hold a crime prevention operation at the end of this month, and thereafter we will hold a monthly police regional operation where we will stop and search suspects, set up unexpected roadblocks and issue tickets to reckless and negligent drivers on public roads,” said Shipanga.
No male police officers will form part of their operations.