13 May 2017 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) - The police station and village in Otjomuise is not conventional as it is designed to deal with Gender Based Violence (GBV) and is equipped with facilities that make reporting such cases easier for victims.
The Otjomuise Police Station was designed and completed in March, with two 2-bedrooms, bathroom and kitchenette units to accommodate GBV victims in a safe environment.
At the inauguration on Thursday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector-General, Lieutenant General (Lt-Gen) Sebastian Ndeitunga said other police stations in Namibia are not conducive to the reporting of GBV cases as they do not provide the privacy for consultations with investigating officers, which discourages victims from reporting these crimes.
I am therefore confident that this arrangement will make a difference in handling cases of gender based violence and rape, said Ndeitunga adding when NamPols financial resources are at a better status it would be ideal to have such stations all over the country.
This concept of a police station and village contributes to the efficiency and cost effectiveness of offering the public service through the logistical arrangement, discipline, and command and control of staff.
Apart from the conventional departments of a standard police station, such as a charge office, holding cells and other administrative offices, the Otjomuise Police Station has doctors consulting rooms; barracks with the capacity to house 44 men and 22 women officers; and three 3-bedroom houses for the station commander, his deputy and a crime investigation unit commander.
On top of that and for efficiency, the station and village also has its own fuel pump to cater for its fleet and a backup generator.
It also has eight holding cells that can accommodate up to 40 inmates.
Ndeitunga said 560 staff at full strength should man a station like this but with the limited financial resources, it will be manned by 116, inclusive of 15 investigators.
The Station Commander, Inspector Rauna Ndahafa Hamunyela was also introduced to the Otjomuise community by the IG.
Construction started in September 2014. Ndeitunga did not reveal the value of the station.