Shivute calls on police to improve

KEETMANSHOOP: “Less talk and more action,” says //Karas Police regional commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute.

He was addressing Namibian Police Force (NamPol) station and unit commanders of the region at a symposium in Keetmanshoop on Wednesday.

The quarterly conference brings together all station and unit commanders and other regional management members of NamPol to assess performance and crime and to deliberate on appropriate action.

Shivute warned that the “ship for mediocre performance had sailed”.

“We will reward excellence and we will crack the whip on lazy station commanders,” he said.

Shivute said special attention had to be given to debilitating societal crimes such as gender-based violence and drugs.

He also emphasised the need for police officers to be meticulous in their work.

“To ensure a successful conviction, the criminal case docket presented at court must not be lacking in any respect,” he said.

Shivute told the gathering that integrity, pride, commitment and skills were of utmost importance in the force, and that the relationship between the police and community had to improve.

“Criminals are living within our communities who are our eyes and ears, but they tend to see us as enemies rather than law enforcers or their protectors,” he said.

The commissioner said that unfortunate relationship had to change to one of joint cooperation in the fight against crime.

The conference started on Wednesday and ends on Thursday.