Katounyana graduates first police cadets

KATIMA MULILO: The Katounyana Police Training Centre has graduated its first-ever constables here in the Zambezi Region on Friday.

The 298 new police graduates who participated in the passing-out parade ceremony at the Katima Mulilo complex, are the first cadet constables out of 307 who attended a six-month rigorous physical and mental exercises at the centre.

Nine of the 307 trainees were discharged from the training due to pregnancies, ill-health and criminal records.

The original group consisted of 201 males and 106 females.

The passing-out parade was attended by Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko, alongside Namibian Police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.

In his keynote address, Ngatjizeko applauded the constable graduates on successfully completing the training, and said their commitment to serve and protect the nation is a reinforcement that Government is aiming at maintaining the country’s peace and security.

He said Government will continue providing the resources for the training of new police recruits so that they are equipped with knowledge, understanding and skills of policing, as well as addressing the officers’ behaviours and attitudes which will enable them to carry out their task professionally.

“The functions of the Namibian Police appear at a glance to be few, simple and supposedly easy to accomplish. However, that is not the case; in reality these are complete set of responsibilities that can only be fulfilled by well trained, committed men and women.

That is why our country’s security is at the heart, not just of Government policy and budgeting, but also at the core of our national development plans and Vision 2030,” Ngatjizeko said.

Ndeitunga used the platform to thank Ngatjizeko for his ministry’s continued support to allocate funds for the training of police officers at the training centres of Ruben Ashipala, Pius Joseph Kaundu and now Katounyana.

He said the Katounyana Police Facility was converted into a training centre in 2014 with the aim to supplement the two other centers.

Ndeitunga added that the Katounyana training ran concurrently with the training of 1 842 cadet constables at the Ashipala centre in the Oshana Region and 698 at the Kaundu centre in the Omaheke Region.

“This is like turning a new page in the history of training in the Force, as the hosting of this intake marks the first of its kind in the history of this training centre (Katounyana), if not the Zambezi Region.

So well done, you have been successfully converted from civilians to trained police officers,” said the Inspector-General.

Ndeitunga also applauded the large number of female intakes at the centre, saying it shows Governments commitment to equal opportunities for all Namibian irrespective of gender.

“I, therefore, thank the government, through the Ministry of Safety and Security, that it has demonstrated its commitment towards gender equality across all its structures,” he said.