Amupanda rallies city residents against crime

29 November 2021 | Police

ESTER KAMATI

WINDHOEK

In a speech read on his behalf by deputy mayor Clemencia Hanases, outgoing Windhoek mayor Job Amupanda on Thursday stated that crime prevention and road safety are the responsibility of all Windhoek residents and not just the officers.

“In order to prevent crime, we need a much more comprehensive strategy, a strategy that would allow all stakeholders to play a significant role in enhancing community safety,” he said.

Amupanda implored residents to become more involved in policing “by ensuring that they claim ownership of their neighbourhood and create a safer environment for all.”

He added that policing has evolved to fit the needs of the community, specifically acknowledging the City Police for incorporating technology in their operations.

“The service has innovative information and communication technology systems developed for the benefit of the city and its residents,” he said, adding that this helps in management of crime and traffic accidents.

“We have confidence in the City Police and will continue to give them all the necessary support needed to carry out their noble and essential national duty.”

According to him, the implementation of the City Police Service has made a significant contribution in reducing crime.

Amupanda encouraged the City Police chief to award officers with medals for their hard work to motivate them.

“These men and women put their lives on the line every day to make sure that we are safe and our properties are protected.”

Acting CEO of the City of Windhoek Jennifer Comalie urged residents to cooperate with the officers in the execution of their duties.

Respect

City Police chief Abraham Kanime reminded officers that the public expects a lot from them, and urged them to maintain professionalism and to show respect to each person while maintaining discipline and police ethics.

Kanime, who has been heading the service since its inception, described the team as innovative and creative.

“This is demonstrated by the introduction of community policing programmes, use of technology in both crime prevention and road safety, the adoption of various operational support techniques and concepts.”

The chief commended the members of the City Police for implementing victim support services and the use of technology in crime prevention and road safety through CCTV, mobile automated speed cameras, automated number plate recognition systems, and a speed reference and measuring system.

“Therefore, I would like to encourage you to keep improving on those and develop new strategies to complement the smart city concept.”

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