Crime in Khomas Region has gone down drastically: Shikongo

05 Jun 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Khomas Regional Commander Commissioner Joseph Shikongo says crime has gone down in the central region as a result of ‘Operation Kalahari Desert’, which was launched mid-May.
Shikongo made these remarks at the Patrick Iyambo Police College parade ground on Wednesday while addressing members of NamPol, the Namibian Defence Force, the Namibian Correctional Service and the City Police, who are participating in ‘Operation Kalahari Desert’.
According to Khomas Crime Investigation Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Abner Agas, police stations that previously recorded over 45 cases of crime on a daily basis are now reporting an average of only 20 to 25 cases since the introduction of this joint law enforcement operation.
Shikongo said ‘Operation Kalahari Desert’ is being undertaken under the guidance of several legal instruments, including the Namibian Constitution, the Namibian Police Force Operation Guide, the Police Act, the Defence Act and the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977 amongst others.
“Our independence did not come on a silver platter. Therefore, we have to protect our people while following the right procedures to justify our daily conduct,” he said.
Shikongo encouraged the public to report any misconduct or unruly behaviour by members of law enforcement agencies and security forces during their execution of the operation.
“The public should feel free to report crime committed by any person, even by our own officers because no one is above the law. I want to build a bridge between the media, community and security forces,” he emphasised.
He said those committing crimes should leave the Khomas Region and go elsewhere, adding that even when such people flee, they should not be under the illusion that they are off the hook.
“Pack and go to other places, but I will monitor you. Before you reach there, I will warn my counterparts in the other 13 regions that you are coming,” the Regional Commander warned.
He urged members of the media to join forces and report what is happening on the ground during the operations.
“We have one common aim, which is to protect the public from criminals and even eliminate crime in Namibia, particularly in Khomas, which has a higher number of students such as those at the University of Namibia, the Namibia University of Science and Technology and the International University of Management,” he pointed out.
He commended the men and women in uniform for their commitment and tireless efforts which have contributed to the reduction of crime in the region.