USA continues to assist Namibia to fight wildlife crimes

13 Dec 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) on Wednesday handed over equipment worth of N.dollars 272 950 to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to help in crime scene investigations and intelligence analysis.
The LAC acquired the equipment through funding from the United States of America Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in support of Namibia’s fight against wildlife crime.
The equipment includes four digital cameras; six global positioning system devices; rhino and elephant dissecting equipment which include 10 heavy-duty knives; three laptops and printers; and four metal detectors.
LAC Coordinator of Land, Environment and Development Unit, Willem Odendaal said during the event the LAC is focusing its support on Namibian law enforcement agencies involved in prosecutions and investigations.
Accepting the equipment on behalf of the Protected Resources Division, NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga expressed appreciation, saying it will contribute significantly towards improving service delivery in that regard.
“The mandate of the Namibian police force cannot be executed in isolation but together, and with the support of all law-abiding citizens, corporate organisations and other offices the force will emerge victorious,” Ndeitunga alluded.
Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta announced about two months ago that only 27 rhinos and 20 elephants were poached by October this year, compared to 60 rhinos and 101 elephants in 2016.