Ngatjizeko blasts lack of discipline amongst police officers

30 Oct 2013 14:10pm
RUNDU, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko has expressed serious concern about the lack of discipline amongst law-enforcement officers, including senior officers, saying the issue needs to be addressed without delay.
Speaking during the official opening of a four-day conference for senior command officers of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Rundu on Wednesday, the Safety and Security Minister urged commanders in the police force to encourage members of the force to be more loyal to their country than to their tribes, social groups and regions.
He said over 100 police officers in different ranks, including Chief Inspectors, have been suspended for various reasons including corruption and alleged rapes.
“We should not only preach discipline, but be exemplary leaders so as to inspire the future leaders of the force,” he said.
According to statistics revealed by NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga during his remarks at the conference, 1 319 criminal cases were reported against police officers last year, while by the middle of this year, the figure stood at 782.
Ngatjizeko said he is concerned about police officers who get involved in criminal activities such as bribes and other forms of corruption, and urged all members of the force, including commanders, to guard against those who are tarnishing the good image of the force and that of the country.
The Safety and Security Minister encouraged the entire management of the force to continue with the strengthening of the professionalism in the force, proper planning and utmost utilisation and safe guarding of the resources at their disposal.
Ndeitunga stated that some “unscrupulous elements” join the force not because the policing profession is their calling, but because they want to earn a salary.
“This situation calls for serious intervention and concerted efforts from all of us not only as commanders, but as leaders with skills to appropriately guide our members,” said the police chief.
He thus encouraged all those in supervisory positions in the force to take up the challenge to improve the situation.
Ndeitunga stressed that policing is a delicate and complex profession, hence the police force always strives to recruit people with no criminal records in order to promote a high level of discipline, honesty, and to enable officers to effectively deliver services to all people in the country without compromising the upholding of law and order.
The senior command conference, which ends on 03 November, is being held to review progress made on the implementation of directives that were issued during the last conference held in Swakopmund in 2011, in terms of meeting the aspirations of the public in terms of service delivery.
The conference will deliberate on crime management issues in the country, as well as traffic, human resources management with emphasis on discipline, and the enhancement of information technology and management of police resources.