Kanime Wants Liquor Act Amended

CITY Police chief Abraham Kanime yesterday called for the amendment of the Liquor Act to fight crimes, which are often committed at shebeens and generally under the influence.

Speaking during a joint press briefing with the visiting Canadian chief constable at the City Police headquarters in Windhoek yesterday, Kanime said the Liquor Act must be revisited because alcohol is the main cause of the high crime rate in the country.

Richard Lucy from Abbotsford has been in the country for three weeks now and this is his fifth visit to Namibia. The briefing aimed to inform the nation on the relationship between the City Police and the Abbotsford police. Kanime said the two police stations established a relationship in 2008 with the aim of sharing ideas on how best to fight crime, considering both have a lot in common in terms of policing structures.

A memorandum of agreement was signed in 2011 and an exchange programme was established between the two stations with each covering its own travel costs.

Kanime said some police officers will be sent over to Canada for a period of about three weeks to three months during the next financial year, so that they can learn strategies and operational methods.

“We have so far learned that community engagement is vital in tackling the underlying issues of crime,” said Kanime.

In his speech, Lucy said the police SMS line is very effective.

“We did not have a police SMS line. Now we have one and it is very effective. We also installed CCTV in one of the most high crime rate areas in the city,” he said.

Source : The Namibian