NamPol wants community involved in crime fighting

07 Feb 2018 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force has embarked on a drive to curb crime by involving all community structures, the Head of NamPol’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, has said.
In a media statement on Wednesday, he said the police have initiated various strategies to fight crime, but such strategies will only be effective with the participation of the community.
Since the police heavily rely on the participation of the community to effectively fight crime, Kanguatjivi called on community members to join policing initiatives such as neighbourhood watches, youth against crime and the Men and Women Network against Crime.
Thus far these forums are effectively established as part of community policing in various regions and significant successes are recorded, he said.
“These efforts are done merely because policing cannot be left to the Namibian Police Force alone. There is a need for all citizens to play their role towards the safety and security of all people in Namibia.
“Fighting crime is not an easy task, but we remain committed and determined to succeed in ensuring the safety and security of our citizens at all times,” said the deputy commissioner.
Owing to that, NamPol in the Hardap Region is embarking on an educational campaign on the establishment of the mentioned forums and ultimate registration of volunteers to join hands with the police in the fight against crime.
NamPol’s Public Relations Department is visiting Mariental to register members for these anti-crime forums.
The registrations started Tuesday and will end on 18 February.
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.