26 Nov 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 NOV (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) commemorated the 27th Namibian Police Force Day here Sunday.
The day, which is celebrated annually on 26 November, was first declared by Cabinet at its 16th session in 2002, with the aim to highlight the important active role of NamPol.
It also awards members of the police force who dedicate their lives to serving the nation outstandingly.
This years celebration which was themed Investing in our community was celebrated simultaneously in all 14 regions of the country.
In the Khomas Region, it was held at the Katutura Youth Complex sports ground and commenced with a vibrant parade by various platoons from NamPol and their brass band.
Delivering welcoming remarks, Khomas Regional Commander, Silvanus Nghishidimbwa told the officers, public and invited guests from both the public and private sector that the region recognises the growing issue of crime and the negative impact it has on communities.
He outlined, among others, general theft, motor vehicle theft, housebreaking, domestic violence, assault to do grievous bodily harm, murder and rape as the most prevalent crimes committed in Namibia.
The police are striving to reinforce action towards crime combatting through the involvement of community based associations like neighbourhood watches, women and men networks against crime, youth, farmers, taxis and businesses against crime as community policing is imperative, Ngishidimbwa said.
In his keynote address delivered on his behalf, NamPol Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga encouraged NamPol members to continue striving towards combatting crime and delivering credible services in protecting lives and property and maintaining peace and order.
Ndeitunga also highlighted some of the recent successful police operations, including the increase in motor vehicle roadworthiness checks, number of mobile roadblocks and quick busting of suspects in cases of theft, murder, rape and assault.
Thanks to good cooperation between the police and the public, motor accidents are declining, properties are recovered and most suspects are behind bars, Ndeitungu maintained.
The event closed off with a drug, explosives and suspects sniffing demonstration by trained detector dogs from NamPols Canine (K9) Unit.