Rotten apples tarnish the police - Kawana

The police should command the respect of the community, the safety and security minister said at an event marking the 31st anniversary of the Namibian Police.

14 December 2021 | Police

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

Safety and security minister Albert Kawana has expressed disappointment at a few “rotten apples” that are tarnishing the name of the Namibian Police by involving themselves in criminal activities.

“This is not only embarrassing, but it is criminal. Hence, the inspector-general is under strict instructions to ensure that such dishonest so-called police officers either shape up or ship out. They should be relieved from the noble police duties.”

Kawana told police officers that they should at all times conduct themselves within the ambit of the law as per their initial vow to defend and protect the Namibian constitution.

“A few rotten apples should not tarnish the good name of our hard-working police officers. You have only one choice: either to be a law-abiding officer or to become a criminal, in which case the long arm of the law will certainly catch up with you.”

Kawana made these remarks on Saturday during the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the Namibian Police held at Katima Mulilo.

Protect and serve

He said the police should serve the public to the best of their abilities and command the respect of the community.

Officers are expected to comply with the letter and spirit of the Namibian constitution and must ensure that they contribute to the promotion of fundamental human rights and freedoms.

“In this regard they are not permitted to panel-beat civilians. They are only allowed to exercise minimum force or proportionate force as per the training,” Kawana said.

He added that they will only succeed in fighting crime if they have the confidence and trust of the nation and the community they serve.

Scarce resources

Kawana said he was aware of the enormous challenges faced by police officers, such as lack of transport, uniforms, rations, accommodation and equipment.

“As soon as resources become available, these challenges will have to be addressed as a matter of utmost urgency.”

He further expressed concern about the low level of cooperation between the Namibian Police, the municipal police in several towns, and private security companies.

“It is important for these entities to know that the Namibian Police has the overall mandate of safety and security in this country, hence nothing should suggest rivalry between them rather partners who ought to complement each other in the fight against crime.”

He added that a review of the Security Enterprises and Security Officers Act will be accelerated to eliminate barriers that prevent security companies from working hand-in-hand with national law enforcement agencies.

Kawana said he would also ensure that the pending review of the Liquor Act, regulations under the Arms and Ammunition Act, and the Critical Infrastructure Act are finalised as soon as possible.

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