Youth preparing to assist police over festive season

02 Oct 2013 05:00
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - The Youth Against Crime group in Keetmanshoop will embark upon training this Thursday so as to be able to assist the Namibian Police with patrols during the upcoming festive season.
The training ends on 14 November this year, and the youth group will thereafter be involved with day-to-day patrols with the police from 15 November until 15 January 2014.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Community Affairs’ Officer, Constable !Nanses Susan Mujoro said the group of 58 young people is already actively involved in combating crime in the town.
She said the training can, therefore, be seen as a refresher course to help them carry out their duties effectively.
Those young people who are already employed as cashiers and security guards were also encouraged to apply and become police reservists, whereafter they would only work during specific hours.
Although the work they will be doing is voluntary, they will be gaining experience, which could stand them in good stead should they decide to apply for work in the police force proper.
“We really make it clear to them that this work is voluntary. They understand, and are very committed to combating crime”, enthused Mujoro.
She further stated that the police have been holding meetings with the Youth Against Crime group to boost their confidence, and to encourage them to continue their good work.
The group has indeed been doing very well since their establishment in 2012.
Other forms of community policing established at Keetmanshoop are the Neighbourhood Watch group, and the Women and Men Network Against Crime.
“We are taking community policing very seriously, and hope that things can change for the better. If we are united in fighting crime, we can make Namibia a better place to live in,” Mujoro noted.
The youth group also runs a salon, vegetable garden and regularly holds fundraising events to generate income for themselves.