Uutoni Praises Dedicated Police Force

The Deputy Minister of Safety and Security, Erastus Uutoni, says despite the difficult circumstances under which the police execute their duties, the police force has achieved great success against the perpetrators of crime.

The success, he said, would not have been possible if it were not for the excellent cooperation between the police and the public.

Uutoni made the remarks at the official opening of the 20th Annual National Namibian Police Championships, currently underway at Keetmanshoop in the Karas Region. The championships that started on Wednesday and will conclude on 30 August are being attended by police officers from all 14 regions.

The good cooperation between the police and the public must be sustained and community leaders and the police force must inform and educate the community at large not to hide criminals, but to channel any criminal related information to the police, said Uutoni.

“Even the slightest clue from members of the public contributes to the arrest and conviction of criminal elements in our society,” he stated. He emphasised that law enforcement officers should not tolerate any harassment of law-abiding citizens by criminal elements who are out there to rob and terrorise defenceless women, children and senior citizens.

Uutoni called on all participating police officers to conduct the championships in the true spirit of peace and sportsmanship.

“In so doing they will be able to behave professionally and uphold the highest standards of discipline,” he told the teams gathered at the event. He reminded police officers that they remain on duty even though they are participating in the event. “I say this because events of this nature can easily be taken for granted and the officers may think that they are in Keetmanshoop for leisure only,” said the deputy safety and security minister.

He concluded that at the end of the championship, the Ministry of Safety and Security wants to see the best sportsmen and women selected in the various sports disciplines to represent Namibia at the police games slated for Swaziland next year. Governor of the Karas Region, Bernardus Swartbooi, at the same occasion encouraged police officers to work hard and inspire the nation through sport.

“Shine in your individual and collective capacities when you take part in this very important event and beyond,” said Swartbooi.

Source : New Era