Namib Desert phase two launched

08 June 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



The second phase of Operation Namib Desert was launched last week by the deputy inspector-general for operations of the Namibian Police, Major-General Oscar Peter Embubulu.

Embubulu said the maintenance of law and order remains an important national obligation to ensure the safety and security of people through joint crime-prevention operations.

Phase two started on 3 June and will run until 28 August, with intervals of 28 days.

It will have the same format as the previous police-led joint crime prevention operations code-named Hornkranz, Kalahari Desert and Namib Desert phase one.



Joint forces

According to a statement issued by the police, this means that Operation Namib Desert phase two will still join the forces of the Namibian Police Force, Namibian Correctional Service, Namibia Central Intelligence Service, Customs and Excise, the tourism ministry, fisheries ministry, works ministry, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund and the Windhoek City Police. “As observed in the past, our participation in joint crime-prevention operations … yielded huge successes which have led to a significant decrease in the crime patterns in the country,” Embubulu said.



Fuelled by drugs, booze

He added that the national crime analysis suggests that alcohol and drug abuse could be the major contributing factors to the escalation in crime.

Therefore, education campaigns are needed to raise awareness of the danger alcohol and drug abuse may pose to the peace, stability, safety and security of the country. “As we conduct phase two of the Namib Desert operation, we must once again rededicate ourselves to the fight against crime, in more proactive measures aimed at total prevention and combating of criminal activities to ascertain that the rule of law is maintained and that the peace and stability and security of citizens prevail,” said Embubulu. A peaceful and stable environment attracts investors and boosts the tourism industry and thereby contributes to the economic development of the country, he pointed out.

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