Khomas should be crime-free: Shilunga

25 Jan 2014 15:00pm
By Anna Salkeus
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) - The Khomas Region should not be a place for criminals or ill-disciplined officers within the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), the new Khomas regional commander, Major-General Desiderius Shilunga has said.
He said in an interview with Nampa this week that one of his main responsibilities is to maintain discipline among members of the police.
Shilungu was appointed in his new role on 13 January this year. Before that he was a NamPol commissioner.
“A regional commander must ensure that they (officers) behave ethically in a standard required by every member of the police force, and to ensure that the work they are entrusted with by the IG in terms of the Police Act is performed and the directives implemented,” he said.
NamPol Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga’s remarked earlier that the Khomas Region remains the central point of high profile crimes in Namibia.
To this Shilungu said: “I am in charge now of the Khomas Region, and the basis of my operations is based on the strategy that I found here which my colleagues who were here before me worked on, and I am building on top of that”.
He added that when it comes to crime itself in general, the personnel under the command of the regional commander are in different specialisations, which are articulated in a line of operations for instance, drug law-enforcement, motor-vehicle theft, and stock theft.
Shilungu indicated that the role of a regional commander is quite crucial - the responsibility is to command and control the region, including the personnel of the police force.
“Another responsibility of a regional commander is to analyse crime trends in the region and all crime patterns committed within the region to ensure that manpower is directed to the area where you want to combat crime,” he explained.
Shilunga acknowledged that there is a shortage of manpower within the Namibian Police, and said it does, however, not make the force inoperative.
“We identify targets or places where there is a shortage of manpower, and the recruitment and deployment of training of police officers will fill those gaps,” he said.
NamPol recently advertised vacancies for 1 000 police officers to address the shortage experienced in the force.
Shilunga said NamPol is also prepared to work with stakeholders including the City Police, Customs and Immigration, security companies and the business community to manage the region properly in terms of controlling and combating crime.
He highlighted that the NamPol has already established a permanent joint operation with the City Police, which is called a crime-combating plan.
“We are strategising the methods of operations into zonal policing, community policing, intelligence-led policing operations and investigation of crime,” he noted.
The regional commander added that NamPol will also engage the community at large because they are the people who give them relevant information about those who are committing crime.
“We are prepared to also work with the media, which is instrumental in disseminating information to the public and the world at large for people to know how the police is doing in Namibia,” he said.
Shilunga indicated that his office is really looking forward to crime being minimised in Windhoek.
“We don’t say that we will eradicate crime which is probably impossible, but what we want is to reduce crime in the Khomas Region, particularly where I am given the mandate to take over the command and control,” he said.
Shilunga noted that there are areas of concern in the Khomas Region, and the Namibian Police alone cannot fight crime without the assistance and corporation of the community, and therefore urged the public to work hand in hand with the police.