NamPol allowed minimum use of force-Namoloh

March 7, 2018, 6:44pm

The Namibian Police Force is allowed to use minimum force when apprehending dangerous suspects, the safety and security minister Charles Namoloh said.

This comes after complaints by civilians on the amount of force used by police officers during arrests which often leaves suspects injured from man-handling or beatings.

NamPol can only use force when it is necessary and are not allowed to use force in cases where suspects are accused of minor crimes.

“The police can use minimum force but this does not mean that they are allowed to use extensive force or extreme force on suspects. It is against the constitutional rights of the country. In cases where suspects are known to be dangerous than they are allowed to use minimum force,” he said. 

He added that cases of assault can be laid against police officers using unnecessary extreme force against suspects and they will have to be dealt with accordingly.