City Police commemorates 7 years of service

18 Nov 2013 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) - The Windhoek City Police celebrated its seventh anniversary in the capital on Monday under the theme ‘Cementing Partnership and Participation in the City’.
Delivering the keynote address during the official celebration ceremony, City Police Chief Abraham Kanime said the day is meant to review the City Police's pledge of providing services to the community and to celebrate the City Police officers’ outstanding commitment towards crime prevention and road safety.
“The adoption of the four policing pillars, notably zonal policing under which the city is divided into patrol zones; community policing and problem solving; intelligence-led policing and the use of technology which saw the implementation of CCTV cameras, automatic speed measuring safety cameras, plate number recognition devices and computer statistics for crashes and crime, are a milestone towards effective crime prevention and ensuring road safety in the city,” he said.
Kanime added that as a result of the adoption of these four policing pillars, the crime and vehicle crash situation in Windhoek has been contained.
He said the city's link to other police departments in the region and internationally, such as the Abbotsford Police Department in Canada, the German Polizei, the Johannesburg Metro Police and Cape Town Police has placed the Windhoek City Police in a better position to improve its policing strategies and operational tactics.
Kanime however noted that inadequate funding and a lack of training and development opportunities are some of the challenges which the force still faces.
“We do not have a training facility of our own. However, with the recent approval of the new structure, this will soon be a thing of the past as we are in the process of setting up our own training and development facilities,” he said.
He also took the opportunity to urge all Windhoek residents to adhere to safety rules during the upcoming festive season.