Geingob inaugurates N.dollars 440 million NamPol headquarters

President Hage Geingob inaugurated the N.dollars 440 million new Namibian Police Force (NamPol) National Headquarters in Windhoek.

During the official inauguration ceremony on Friday, President Geingob said NamPol would pay N.dollars 3,5 million, which is N.dollars 42.7 million annually in rent of offices all over in Windhoek but with the new structure it can house all the departments.

With this new facility, a saving of over 3,5 Million Namibian Dollars on rental fees will be realised which makes this facility, where various departments are now housed under one roof a worthy investment, Geingob said.

NamPol plans to build more police stations in remote areas as well because it has a backlog of similar capital infrastructure which is essential for the safety and security of the country.

The building which took five years houses 400 personnel on 10 floors including the helipad on the top.

Let me stress that the establishment of modern and state-of-the-art police facilities alone does not translate into success against crime and this world-class facility that should permit the force to execute tasks on a similar scale, Geingob said to the officers.

Geingob pledged more funds to NamPol to ensure better working conditions and prevent officers from being vulnerable to criminal acts.

The government will spare no efforts to embark on projects aimed at enhancing the working conditions of our police force by availing funds, where possible, to the Ministry of Safety and Security, Geingob said.

The President wants these funds for appropriate training of members of the force to deal with an array of crimes especially gender-based violence as well as adequate human resources and technical means.

All members of the force at police stations countrywide should be able to immediately attend to reports of gender-based violence cases in their respective areas of jurisdiction, instead of solely relying on the unit specialised in the subject, Geingob said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency