Cop training doubled to 12 months

28 October 2019 | Police

Hundreds of police recruits who started their basic training at the Ruben Danger Ashipala police training centre at Ondangwa in September will now undergo 12 months of instruction.

This is after the original period of six months' training was changed in order to equip recruits with all the necessary skills they need to perform their duties.

This was announced by Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday at Ondangwa.

Ndeitunga said this is the third time the training period had been extended over the years. The initial course was three months, before it was changed to six months in 1994.

“All this training are very useful, but did not provide all the outcomes that are desired for policing in a democratic dispensation, taking into account fundamental human rights and freedom that the nation is enjoying, which are inherited from the supreme law, which is the constitution.

“Our aim is to provide a training that is adequate and proper to policing in a democratic dispensation and also responds to the violation of the fundamental human rights,” Ndeitunga said.

He said with the population growth, an increase in the crime rate and unresolved and withdrawn cases due to a lack of evidence, because of a lack of requisite investigation skills, the training period had to be extended.

The police chief said they also wanted to avoid civil claims against the force.

He urged the recruits to maintain a high level of discipline, dedication and passion.

Safety minister Charles Namoloh said government spent over N$ 2 million on the new training manual, which was done under the supervision of the University of Namibia (Unam).

The Namibia Training Authority (NTA), the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), the Southern Business School and the International University of Management (IUM) also assisted, while the training was also benchmarked against best-practice in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“After completing your training you are required to work for the police for a certain period of time, because we have spent money on you and we even introduced a new curriculum for you.

For this new training programme, public assessment was conducted to hear what was lacking in our police officers,” Namoloh said.

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