THE Karas governor, Bernadus Swartbooi, has appealed to the police in the region not to accept the withdrawal of domestic violence cases.
“Passion killings have increased dramatically. Therefore, my plea to the police is not to accept the withdrawal of cases in which domestic violence is at issue,” Swartbooi appealed while presenting long-service medals to members of the Karas police at Keetmanshoop yesterday.
Swartbooi said domestic violence frequently escalated to murder.
He said the long-service awards underscore the fundamental values of discipline, integrity, commitment, hard work and loyalty of police officers.
The young governor reminded the officers to “project the image of discipline” while off duty too.
Swartbooi thanked the regional commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute, for his decisive leadership aimed at building a stronger, determined and more disciplined Karas police force.
“His commitment and continuous consultation with the community is evident from the successes the police in Karas Region have achieved,” Swartbooi added.
For his part, Shivute said medal recipients were honoured in recognition of rendering quality and efficient service to the force.
“This medal is meant to boost your morale and this is also an indication that your contributions in combating crime are hereby recognised and honoured,” Shivute added.