Over 1 000 NamPol cadet constables graduate

OSHAKATI: A total of 1 060 cadet constables consisting of 679 males and 381 females from the Ruben ‘Danger’ Ashipala and Pius Joseph Kaundu Police Training Centres, graduated from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Basic Training Course 1 on Monday.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at the Oshakati Independence Stadium, President Nangolo Mbumba said the new recruitment will enable the police to open several new police stations and police posts across the country, while strengthening police operations nationwide.

According to Mbumba, some new officers will be posted to guard the country’s borders to bolster security and ensure that criminal elements are prevented from entering Namibia and disturbing the peace and stability that Namibia continues to enjoy.

‘Peace, safety and security are integral constituents for a nation’s development and its citizens’ wellbeing. Violence, unrest and crime are impediments to our developmental objectives. Hence, as police officers, you are not only the guardians of our peace and security, but also key role players in our economic development,’ he said.

The president said the graduates are joining a very important government organisation that strives to improve the personal safety and national security of the Namibian nation, therefore, the new recruits should take pride in their profession and uphold the reputation of NamPol as brave, patriotic, disciplined and impartial enforcers of the Namibian laws.

Speaking at the same occasion, NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo reaffirmed their commitment to excellence and justice.

‘Together, we will continue to uphold the proud legacy of the Namibian Police Force that was laid by our predecessors and to ensure the safety and security of all our citizens and visitors alike,’ he said.

He then urged the graduates to strive to the best of their ability to uphold the core values of the organisation namely; courtesy, fairness, friendliness, transparency, helpfulness, non-discrimination and accessibility, integrity, communication and information.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency