Omaheke police want all on board for crime prevention

01 Feb 2018 14:30pm
GOBABIS, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force's (NamPol) Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region has called on the entire community of Omaheke to join the police in its crime prevention efforts.
While pledging his commitment to rooting out crime in the region, Commissioner Andreas Haingura urged all various stakeholders and community structures to join in such efforts.
Haingura told Nampa on Thursday the police cannot solve crime on its own and needs the community to be its eyes and ears.
“We are committed as a law enforcement agency to tackle crime head-on, but we cannot do it alone. All stakeholders - be it community groups, traditional and religious leaders or ordinary citizens - are important in our efforts to prevent lawlessness in the region,” he said.
The regional commander said forging a workable relationship with all structures of society in crime prevention is high on his agenda, as only through such efforts can trust be restored in the operation of the police.
“There is often an issue of distrust of the police by the community, and I do not blame them. But this is what we want to avoid because we need each other to combat crime,” he noted.
Haingura praised the force’s community policing division, which he said has made communication and interaction between community structures and the police easier.
He said such efforts will continue from the side of the police and programmes of the community policing team will be further strengthened.
“I am very happy with the community policing team, which has really made it possible to draw the community closer to the operations of the police force. I therefore stand fully behind such efforts and urge them to continue doing their impressive work,” he said.
Community policing is an initiative that was started to prevent and fight crime, and it is aimed at taking a proactive responsibility in building partnerships with various stakeholders within communities.
Under community policing, structures such as the Women and Men Network and Neighbourhood Watch committees are formed.
The Women and Men Network is a police volunteer organisation, made up of ordinary men and women who assist the police in combating crime within their respective regions.
The members of the network voluntarily use their time, knowledge and experience to assist the law enforcement agencies to make their regions safer, more secure and law abiding.
Neighbourhood Watch establishments, on the other hand, are confined to smaller communities and consist of volunteers to patrol streets and assist the police in monitoring and reporting criminal activities.