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Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Joseph Shikongo, Photo:Contributed
Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Joseph Shikongo, Photo:Contributed

Cops spending too much time on Facebook, Shikongo says

Precious Nghituanapo
Namibian Police Inspector-General Joseph Shikongo says some police officers spend too much time on Facebook, and show up to critical assignments without essential equipment such as firearms and complete uniforms.

During a recent community policing patrol in Swakopmund, Shikongo delivered a stern critique of police officers' lack of preparedness, highlighting general issues that threaten operational effectiveness and public trust in the force.

"You might be many, but some of you are just on Facebook. Some are engaged in other activities. You are not fully committed," he said, emphasising the need for officers to prioritise their responsibilities to the nation.

He singled out newly graduated recruits who were found inadequately equipped for duty. "Where are the young ones? These are the ones who just completed training. Where are their uniforms and equipment?" he asked, visibly frustrated by the lack of compliance with basic operational standards.

“Where are the members of the special reserve and special field force? I see one pistol here. Where are the rifles?” he wanted to know, adding: “Commander of the special field force, I find this situation very unacceptable”.

During his address, the inspector-general highlighted specific instances where officers were deployed without firearms or were improperly attired. "This must cease immediately. Commanders, it is your responsibility to ensure that officers have their equipment and are fully prepared," he said.

Non-negotiable

Concerns were also raised regarding accountability and leadership within the police force. "We promote individuals to take on roles of accountability and leadership within our organisation," Shikongo noted, underscoring the importance of rigorous adherence to operational protocols and standards. In a direct call to action, he demanded an all-inclusive transformation in how duty assignments are managed, stressing the necessity of regular inspections and adherence to equipment protocols.

"Officers must report for duty fully prepared and equipped. This is non-negotiable," he insisted.

Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, Shikongo reassured the public of the organisation's commitment to address these deficiencies promptly. "We are prepared to allocate resources to ensure that all officers have the necessary equipment. However, it is imperative that these resources are used responsibly".

He added: "We must address these issues immediately. I call upon regional commanders to conduct regular assessments, particularly at month-end, to evaluate operational readiness".

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