WINDHOEK: The Namibian Police (NamPol) conducted registrations of volunteers in the fight against crime at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital on Saturday.
The volunteers who are community members from various constituencies in the Khomas Region, turned out in big numbers and comprised of people from different age groups including the senior citizens.
Speaking to Nampa during the registration, the Khomas police commander, Commissioner Festus Shilongo, explained that the aim of the registration is to get all the Namibians and volunteers who are the ears and eyes of the public and are not police officers, in the fight against crime.
He added that the Namibian Police in its efforts to fight crime is targeting to register 100 000 volunteers who will assist NamPol to fight and reduce crime activities in their various constituencies.
He noted that once the registration process is completed, the volunteers will be responsible to collect information on crime activities and suppression of crime by involving their regional councilors and Local Authority councilors.
“We want to reduce incidences of crime especially violation of human right,” he said noting that once they are fully fledged, the volunteers will conduct patrols and will be trained on human rights provision and the criminal procedure act especially on private arrest.
Since the majority of senior citizens are home-based, they are going to form the basis of fighting crime, Shilongo stressed.
The Commissioner also called on the business people in the Central Business District (CBD) to join this initiative of NamPol, saying business people operating in the CBD are mostly victims of property crime.
Among the crimes that are most committed in the Khomas Region, is murders, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances, he said stressing that with this initiative in place, those crimes will be a thing of the past.
Meanwhile, Shilongo noted that his office is planning to turn the Police Station in Klein Windhoek into a fully fledged police station.
“We have many embassies in those areas and I am calling on all of them residing in those areas to visit that police station,” he said.
Although there are neigbourhood watch initiatives in the suburbs, the Commissioner called on the residents to join the Namibian Police in the fight against crime.