OTJIWARONGO: Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Special Field Force members from all 13 regions are holding a four-day conference in Otjiwarongo to discuss strategies to enforce law and order during the festive season, especially at border posts.
Over 50 Special Field Force members are attending the conference under the command of the Head of the Special Field Force Directorate, Commissioner Ben Shikongo.
NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga on Tuesday applauded the directorate for organising such a conference ahead of the festive season.
“Your convergence here should give you an ideal platform to take stock of the activities, successes and challenges which your directorate is facing ahead of the coming festive season,” he noted.
He reminded members of the Special Field Force of the importance of their key national duty, which is to conduct policing at the country’s borders.
“In my view, the highest demand for the maintenance of law and order for you should start now and throughout the festive season. Bear in mind that during this period, there will be a lot of movements of people, goods and motor-vehicles at the border posts.
It is during the festive seasons that perpetrators will attempt to smuggle prohibited and unlawful goods into Namibia through the different border posts,” he noted.
Namibia shares borders with Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia.
Ndeitunga then urged the officers attending the conference not to allow Namibia to become a transit country for drugs, stolen cattle or illegal immigrants.
He further called on the Special Field Force members from all the 13 regions to see to it that effective working strategies are formulated during the conference to combat cross-border crimes.
The management of this directorate were also instructed to ensure that essential items like uniforms, vehicles, water purification tablets, snake repellents and sleeping tents are provided to those members working in the field.
Ndeitunga used the opportunity to also announce that his office has purchased nine Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles to supplement the existing fleet of cars for the Special Field Force directorate, especially for patrols and border-post operations.
“I am also delighted to inform you that the management of NamPol is aware of the accommodation problems which you face in your regions. We are working hard to address it, especially for the border posts situated in the Omusati, Caprivi, Kunene, Oshikoto, Kavango and Ohangwena Regions,” he pointed out.
He said it is furthermore good news for him to learn that since the inception of the Special Field Force Directorate in 1996, young police graduates have been joining it with high spirits.