GROOTFONTEIN: Grootfontein mayor Penny Mwazi on Tuesday called on the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to start educating community members on the consequences of crime.
“It is imperative to educate the general public and schoolchildren about the importance of not committing crimes. My council welcomes these activities with open hands”, she said during the official handing-over of seven police stations here.
The seven police stations were handed to the Otjozondjupa Region after being administered by the police in the Oshikoto Region since long before Namibia’s independence.
These are situated in Tsumkwe, Grootfontein, Kombat, Otjituuo, Maroelaboom, Gam and Mukata.
Mwazi said it is better that schoolchildren know the consequences of carrying dangerous and sharp objects like knives, screwdrivers and firearms in school yards and outside, rather than them only being arrested and charged when they are caught.
She said the public should be educated on police officers’ powers to arrest any person who commits murder, public violence and rape, amongst others.
This is the best way to make the public understand the social context of Namibia and the world at large so that they can refrain from committing offences.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo agreed with Mwazi, saying the Otjozondjupa Region is faced with crimes such as stock-theft, illegal hunting, housebreaking and theft as well as common assault and culpable homicide which need awareness campaigns.
Anghuwo then blamed some community members’ excessive use of alcohol as the cause of criminal offences.