Promotions in NamPol must be fair: Swartbooi

KEETMANSHOOP: Governor of the //Karas Region Bernadus Swartbooi says promotions in the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) must be fair, non-tribal, transparent and based on merit.

While speaking at the //Karas Region NamPol Station and Unit Commanders’ Conference in Keetmanshoop on Wednesday, Swartbooi added that promotions should be meaningful.

If it is not meaningful and of value to the recipient, he said, it could lead to a greater out flux of brainpower from the police force.

Swartbooi said that some individuals receive grotesque promotions while other worthy members are accorded insignificant steps upwards.

“In the past this inequality and non-compliance have led to many individuals leaving the police, and we have noticed that they have become very successful outside the force,” he said.

The result was that a void was left in the ranks of the police.

Swartbooi also expressed concern over the imbalance between men and women in NamPol, saying that it was clearly evident that there are few women in leadership positions, and called for the acceleration of the empowerment of females within the force.

“One ethnic group or one gender in any organisation is problematic,” he said.

In conclusion, Swartbooi, who is heading for Parliament in March this year, thanked //Karas Police regional commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute for a cooperative and beneficial relationship shared.

“Our start was not good, but it became the best and from all the sectors I have worked with in the region, the one with the police was the most enjoyable,” he said.

The conference commenced on Wednesday and ends on Thursday. It is held on a quarterly basis for all NamPol station and unit commanders of the region to take stock and to deliberate on crime and responses.