Windhoek — Thirty-five police officers received medals for 20-year and 10-year service during a ceremonial parade held at the Windhoek Police Station yesterday.
Five non-commissioned officers received 20-year service medals, while one commissioned officer and 27 non-commissioned officers received 10-year service medals.
Two senior officers, namely, Deputy Commissioner Peter Ndokosho, the Khomas acting Regional Commander; and Deputy Commissioner Eben Benade, the Commander of Operations in the Khomas Region, received special commendation medals.
The officers who received 20-year service medals include Warrant-Officer Class 2 - Clay Njambeli, Warrant-Officer Class 2 - P. Martin, Warrant-Officer Class 2 - A. Muesee, Sergeant Class 2 - A. Tibinyane and Sergeant Class 2 - O. Mwetulundila.
During the handover ceremony Deputy Commissioner Ndokosho welcomed the officers and the media whom he called "our partners in the fight against crime", as well as the family of the medal recipients, labelling their contribution to the Namibian Police Force as important as those of the members.
"You make it possible for us to do our work by supporting us through thick and thin, in fact you are part of our police family," he said.
The special advisor to the Khomas Governor, Moses /Gomeb, who handed over the medals told the assembled policemen and women that he was delighted to address a contingent of dedicated commissioned and non-commissioned officers "who have withstood the test of time and devoted their efforts to the best of their abilities in the fight against crime in our beloved country, the land of the brave".
He went on to say that it is indeed a very special occasion in that it not only bestows recognition of, and special endowment to, all officers, men and women of the Namibian Police Force under the command of the Khomas Regional Commander, but it also serves as recognition of events that culminated in the awarding of the medals.
He told the gathering that a career in the police force is a profession that not only requires utmost dedication, but also requires officers with high levels of discipline and perseverance, since they are confronted with serious challenges in the discharge of their day-to-day responsibilities.
/Gomeb said the Namibian Police Force continues to produce dedicated officers who are committed to steering the affairs of the police force in "our quest to ensure peace and tranquillity for our communities".
He also called on all members of the force to rededicate their efforts to the fight against crime in the endeavour to make the Khomas Region and the whole of Namibia a better place for all.