Uutoni Calls for Sustainable Police-Public Cooperation

THE deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Erastus Uutoni, has called for sustainable police-public cooperation to effectively combat crime.

Uutoni noted that his ministry was aware of the difficult circumstances under which police execute their duties, and also took note of their successes.

He said the achievements of the police could have not been possible if it was not for the excellent police-public cooperation.

“This good cooperation needs to be sustained and even accumulated by both the police and the public,” Uutoni remarked.

He spoke at the official opening of the 20th Namibian Police Annual Sports National Championships, which kicked off yesterday at Keetmanshoop. Uutoni urged community leaders to inform and educate the public at large not to hide criminals in their homes but report them to the police instead.

“It should be emphasised that even the slightest clue from the members of the public might contribute to the arrest and conviction of those criminal elements in our midst,” said Uutoni.

Uutoni further reminded the police not to tolerate any harassment of law-abiding citizens by criminal elements who are out to rob and terrorise defenseless women, children and senior citizens.

In his speech delivered by Namibian Police Sport Council chairman, Major-General Des Shilunga, Police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the annual championships have become an “essential component” of the police and public relation in supporting the parties’ common vision and sound relations for better policing and crime prevention.

“We refuse to allow our citizen to be threatened and terrorised by criminals who rob and murder our defenseless women, children and elders, mainly for food or for their own course,” said Ndeitunga.

Ndeitunga urged the participating men and women to display the highest standard of discipline and sportsmanship during the sports games.

For his part, Karas governor Bernadus Swartbooi urged the participating police officers to individually shine in their own rights during the games.

“Through sports you can become the ambassador of the country, and help to change the lives of many,” Swartbooi added.

Source : The Namibian