Turn Back Crime launched in Kavango West

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango West Region on Tuesday launched its Turn Back Crime campaign, joining the international community in the fight against cybercrime and other related crimes.

Turn Back Crime is a global campaign of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) to raise awareness of the dangers of organized crime and its impact on everyday life.

Speaking during the launch, the region's regional commander, Commissioner Josephat Abel called all stakeholders, including political leaders, government institutions, the community and the media to partner with the Namibian police in its effort to fight against crime.

He said the launch of Turn Back Crime offers an opportunity for the police to reflect and draw attention to the scale of emotional and physical damage caused by violent and intrusive crimes on individuals, families, and communities saying that a program of this magnitude sets a collective right to demand the right to a safe community and a culture of peace and coexistence.

The regional commander said Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and other forms of crimes affect the mental and physical well being of victims and have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community and the country at large.

Commissioner Aber further stressed that the impact of crime can have far-reaching consequences and it creates a generation of delinquents if left unchecked.

We are therefore launching Turn Back Crime with the aim to strengthen the relationship with the community to voluntarily assist the Namibian police force in combating crime, as this will reduce crime incidents through community education and the provision of guidance on how society can protect itself, he said.

The event was attended by Chief of the Mbunza Traditional Authority, Alfons Kaundu, together with his council and senior police officials and members of the public.

On his part, Chief Kaundu set emphasis on drug abuse, concealment of crime activities by community members and the unwillingness of community members in assisting the police to fight against crime saying that community members are allowing people to commit crimes without reporting such matters to the police.

He said some parents allow their children to plant plants of cannabis in their houses without taking appropriate actions towards such criminal tendencies because marijuana is illegal and leads to mental illness.

The Turn Back Crime campaign was launched by the former head of state, President Hifikepunye Pohamba, in 2015.

Source: Namibia Press Agency