05 Jun 2013 09:20
OTJIWARONGO, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - A two-day clean-up campaign by community members kicked off at the Otjiwarongo police station on Wednesday.
The group of more than 50 volunteers usually work with the Namibian Police in the combating of crime in their community.
Otjiwarongo Police Station Commander, Chief Inspector Francis Makata said at the launch of the clean-up campaign that some community members in the Otjozondjupa Region have noted the importance of working with the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
Makata said the idea of cleaning the police station?s yard and a number of crime-prone zones at the town was initiated by such community members at Otjiwarongo, and thanked the group of men and women who volunteered, explaining that they indeed approached his office with the idea last week.
?My office supported it immediately,? he stated, adding that a sizeable number of police officers working with Community Affairs? matters have been availed to help during the campaign.
A decision was taken to conduct the campaign over two days - Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Makata thus urged other community members here to come up with similar initiatives related to crime prevention, saying the police will support any good ideas.
Speaking on behalf of community members and the police officers assisting them, Inspector Regina Maikudumu said this cleaning exercise was just the beginning of major joint efforts in crime prevention in the region.
More police operations in conjunction with the group can be expected in future.
Maikudumu furthermore urged youths in the region to join the ?Youth against Crime? and ?Neighbourhood Watch? organisations to keep the Otjozondjupa Region crime-free.
The volunteers could be seen in the Otjiwarongo police station?s yard on Wednesday armed with rakes, hoes, spades and wheelbarrows.