NamPol training budget allocation not enough: Tjongarero

WINDHOEK: SWAPO’s member of parliament Agnes Tjongarero has expressed concern over the budget allocation given to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for training of new police officers.

The Minister of Safety and Security Immanuel Ngatjizeko announced to the National assembly last week during the introduction of the ministry’s budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year that N.dollars 177.6 million of the N.dollars 4.28 billion dollars allocated to the NamPol would be used for training and development.

He said that the programme is aimed at improving Police service delivery by providing quality education, training and development through basic, advanced and specialised training and staff development programmes.

The programme will provide educational and skills development opportunities to members of the Namibian Police Force in professional fields that include strategic leadership and management training.

The programme will also provide information and communication technology, crime analysis, crime prevention, investigation and detection, forensics, crowd control, riot policing, counter terrorism and dog handling.

Tjongarero said that there is a back-lock for information when it comes to accommodation, transport, uniforms and proper facilities especially for police officers working at road blocks.

She said that if there are funds left over from the budget, the Ministry of Finance should allocate it to the police.

She added also said that the police force has a responsibility to provide safety and security to Very Important Persons (VIP), visitors int the country as well as national leaders.

“Police are an integral part of the law. They have a responsibility to collect accurate information for prosecutors in the court of law.

She added that although recruitment is important and must continue, the allocation given to training of police officers is not adequate to empower police in different ranks to be properly trained for service excellence.

“Prosecutors in courts heavily depend on the role of police during investigations,” she said.

(edited)WINDHOEK; Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Agnes Tjongarero has expressed concern over the budget allocation for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for the training of new police officers.

The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko announced in the National Assembly (NA) last week during the introduction of the ministry’s budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year that N.dollars 177,6 million of the N.dollars 4,28 billion dollars allocated to NamPol will be used for training and development.

He said the programme is aimed at improving police service delivery by providing quality education, training and development through basic, advanced and specialised training as well as staff development programmes.

The programme will provide educational and skills’ development opportunities to members of the Namibian Police Force in professional fields, which include strategic leadership and management training.

The programme will also provide training on information and communication technology, crime analysis, crime prevention, investigation and detection, forensics, crowd control, riot policing, counter-terrorism and dog-handling.

Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Tjongarero said there is a backlog of information when it comes to accommodation, transport, uniforms and proper facilities, especially for police officers working at roadblocks.

She stated that the Police Force has a responsibility to provide safety and security to Very Important Persons (VIPs), visitors to the country as well as national leaders alike.

“Police are an integral part of the law. They have a responsibility to collect accurate information for prosecutors in a court of law,” she noted.

If there are funds left over in the national budget, the Ministry of Finance should thus allocate it to the police, she argued.

Tjongarero added that although recruitment is important and must continue, the budget allocation for the training of police officers is not adequate to empower police officers in different ranks to be properly trained for service excellence.

SOURCE: NAMPA