Eight-hundred-and-fifty-nine (859) police cadets graduated last Friday after completing a six-month training course at Ondangwa to become police constables.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Oshakati Independence Stadium. The graduating cohort included 573 male and 286 female cadets.
The graduation was attended by senior police and prison officials, including the Inspector General of the Namibian Police Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, as well as the newly appointed Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko.
In his keynote address, Ngatjizeko said this year alone saw 1 129 cadet constables graduating. "I am informed that this training was running concurrently with the training at Pius Josef Kaundu Training Centre where 270 cadets underwent similar training, which was officially closed by the Deputy Minister of Safety and Security Honourable Erastus Uutoni last week Friday," said Ngatjizeko.
He applauded the police force for investing in human capital, adding that money invested in human resources is always money well spent.
The newly appointed minister also told the graduates that universally, women and men in uniform are expected to be well behaved, exemplary in terms of discipline, honesty, loyalty and dedication and above all, engage in a spirit of self-sacrifice and have the determination to place their country's interests above their personal interests.
"You came from your communities upon recruitment into the Namibian Police Force and you are returning back to serve those communities as servants and not bosses. Your daily interaction with the communities will determine your suitability as a peace-loving officer or as a disgrace to the Namibian police," he said.
The same event also saw the unveiling of the Ondangwa Police Training Centre, which has been rechristened the Ruben Michael Ashipala Training Centre.
Commissioner Ruben Michael Ashipala, well known as Danger Ashipala, was the first commander of the Special Field Force, which was established in 1996.
Ndeitunga described Ashipala as a man with a very rich history in respect of his contribution to the liberation struggle.
Ashipala retired from the police force in 2007, however he was retained as a senior advisor to the inspector general on border guard matters.
He served in that capacity until his death in May 2010.