Financial Infusion Will Take NamPol Operations to Higher Levels

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By Surihe Gaomas WINDHOEK For the next two years, the Namibian Police, after receiving a financial boost of N$600ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 yesterday from the Embassy of Finland, plan to enhance the capacity development for its senior staff officers. The money will go towards the continuation of programmes on Human Rights Training and Institutional Development of the Namibian Police. The latest 20-month programme aimed at training senior police officers, is a continuation of a similar programme supported by the Finnish Embassy last year for junior police officers. Besides human rights and good governance, focus will also be placed on fields such as General Management, Service Quality and Public Trust. With the ongoing lack of capacity-building and skills shortage within the Namibian Police, the latest assistance is a step in the right direction. Speaking at the signing agreement ceremony, the chargÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚© d’affaires of the Embassy of Finland, Seija Kinni-Huttunen, said that through the training “the understanding of the Police on human rights and good governance and community policing will be enhanced.” This in turn will, most importantly, boost the relationship between the Police and the general public in ensuring a much safer environment for society. The training will be conducted in partnership with the University of Namibia, the Polytechnic of Namibia and the Finnish Police. Receiving the cheque, Major-General James Tjivikua and Deputy Inspector-General of Administration in the Namibian Police said there is a demand for police officers to be well trained. “There’s a quest to improve competency development in the Namibian Police. As you can see on the selection of the role-player, we intend getting best results that would be able to take the Namibian Police operations to a higher level,” explained Tjivikua, adding that the money they received would be put to good use. This is not the first time the Finish Embassy has provided such aid to the Namibian Police. For the past six years the Embassy, together with the Embassy of The Netherlands, has supported Human Rights Training programmes for the Namibian Police. One recent training programme by the Finnish Embassy was the sponsoring of a three-year programme for 14 junior police officers. The assistance will also enhance ties between Namibia and Finland. The Embassy of Finland, since the end of 1998, has supported human rights training of Namibian Police officials. There have also been exchange visits between the Namibian Police and the Finish Police.

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