OTJIWARONGO: Fourty-three Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and municipal traffic officers recently attended a five-day road speed management training course here.
The course started on Monday, and ended on Friday at the Out of Africa Town Lodge.
National Road Safety Council (NRSFC) Chairman, George Simataa handed over certificates of participation to the traffic officers representing the 13 regions of the country.
Simataa urged them to see to it that accidents of serious impact are minimised at all times, especially during and after the festive seasons.
“The festive season is around the corner. Go out there and apply the knowledge you obtained from this training.
You are fully-trained traffic officers, therefore, this course, I believe, revitalised your skills,” enthused Simataa, who is also Works and Transport Permanent Secretary.
He reminded them that the primary duty of any police officer is to prevent civilians from committing offences.
The same should apply on roads, and police (traffic) officers should see to it that vehicle drivers are prevented from speeding, as speeding is an offence, said Simataa.
The officers were trained amongst others on how to record traffic-related data, how to engineer road signs and road marks, as well as managing heavy traffic flow of vehicles on national roads.
The course was facilitated by Benjamin van Rooyen, an internationally-recognised specialist law-enforcement trainer from South Africa.
Van Rooyen holds an Honours Degree in Police Science, and has authored various manuals on traffic science and traffic law-enforcement.
He told Nampa after the event that many of the Namibian traffic officers who attended the course, are competent in their work, and therefore, the course became a refresher one to many.
NRSC Executive Secretary, Eugene Tendekule also used the platform to donate traffic equipment to all the 13 regions’ traffic units.
The equipment was received by Commanding Officer of the Namibian Police’s Traffic Law Enforcement Division, Deputy Commissioner Ralph Ludwig, and included alcohol testers, temporary speed humps, torches and orange cones valued at over N.dollars 750 000.