City Police to limit funeral procession escorting

22 Feb 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – The City Police have announced that they will no longer escort funeral processions from the start to the end of proceedings and will instead only escort the procession to the cemetery.
City Police spokesperson Cillie Auala told Nampa on Wednesday they will only escort mourners for the final part of the funeral, meaning from the home or church to the cemetery.
Auala explained that they have had cases where they were asked to escort mourners from the undertakers to the home, from there to the church and then finally, to the cemetery.
The service is something that does not fall within the City Police’s mandate and it is also not budgeted for.
Auala said the City Police provides this assistance to Windhoek residents as a courtesy.
“However, it should be noted that there is no legal obligation to provide this service. It depletes our resources and imposes a huge cost on council resources, ” she said.
The time spent escorting funeral processions could also affect how the police attend to crimes.
Auala went on to say most funerals take place on weekends when the capital’s roads are not heavily congested, hence small processions can drive to the cemetery without escorts as they do not pose a threat to the safety of motorists.
Any new requests will be subject to the availability of resources as well as the number of mourners attending the funeral.