GROOTFONTEIN: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday received seven police stations as well as 334 police officers from the Oshikoto Police administration.
The handover is part of NamPol’s process to realign the 13 police regions in accordance with the boundaries of the country’s political demarcations.
Long before the independence of Namibia, the 13 police regions had been operating differently from the political regions.
The seven police stations were administered by the Oshikoto Police Force, yet fall within the Otjozondjupa Region’s boundaries.
These are situated in Tsumkwe, Grootfontein, Kombat, Otjituuo, Maroelaboom, Gam and Mukata.
On Tuesday, Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander Joseph Anghuwo and Anne-Marie Nainda of the Oshikoto Region signed an agreement for each to administer their own police force members as per their political demarcations.
The signing ceremony took place at the Omulunga Community Hall in Grootfontein.
“We cannot have a situation where the police have their own boundaries in terms of their operations, different from the regional political demarcations of the country,” said Commissioner Anghuwo.
He explained that the regional police boundary restructuring was reviewed at national level, and it is now time to implement the decision of handing back all police stations that are administered by different regions.
In turn, Otjozondjupa has been in charge of the Outjo Police Station that falls within the Kunene Region.
The Outjo Police Station will be handed over to the Kunene regional police force administration soon, said Anghuwo.
Whilst handing-over the seven police stations, Commissioner Nainda wished the police officers well.
“I say goodbye to you, and urge you to work hard. It was recently that I awarded some of you with recognition awards,” she noted, adding that she knows that she is handing over the officers to Otjozondjupa’s capable team of police officers.