OKANGWATI, 03 DEC (NAMPA) -
The upgraded police station and barracks at Okangwati in the Kunene Region was inaugurated by the Minister of Safety and Security, Major-General (Rtd) Charles Namoloh last Thursday.
The facilities consist of a charge office; gender-based violence protection office; a strong room for exhibits and prisoners' property; a radio room, boardroom and police holding cells.
The station also has two barracks for males and females of 16 rooms each, in addition to two three-bedroom houses. Two new vehicles to be used for administration, operation and investigation duties were also received, while 34 officers have been deployed to the station.
Namoloh said the inauguration of these facilities is a sign of government's commitment and affirmation to address challenges faced by the police, particularly housing.
The minister said the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) can only carry out its functions if it is properly equipped in terms of infrastructure and required skills. He said for the current financial year, Government has allocated N.dollars 4,7 billion to the police of which N. dollars 647 648 000 is for the upgrading of police stations.
In his speech, the Inspector-General of NamPol, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, said Okangwati is strategically located in terms of tourism as it is provides a gateway to the Kunene River and the Epupa Falls.
"This is one of the reasons the management of the Namibian Police decided to develop this police station," Ndeitunga said. The governor of the Kunene Region, Angelika Muharukua urged the community of Okangwati and surrounding villages to assist the police in all crime prevention efforts.