A TOTAL of 859 of the 879 police recruits who received their basic training at the Ondangwa Police Training Centre for the last six months graduated during their passing-out parade ceremony at Oshakati on Friday.
The new minister of safety and security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, accompanied by the chief of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, officiated at the occasion.
Another group of 270 cadets who received their training at the Pius Joseph Kaundu Training Centre at Gobabis also graduated recently.
Ngatjizeko thanked NamPol for having decided to invest in the development of its human capital, saying that money spent on upgrading one's human resources is always money well spent.
Ngatjizeko told the new police officers that they are expected to be exemplary in terms of discipline, honesty, loyalty, dedication, self-sacrifice and determination to serve the country's interest above their personal interests.
A police officer, he said, is expected to be ready to pay the highest price if need be in the protection of the country's people.
He said the police must ensure that peace and stability prevail in the country so that investors can come and invest and develop the economy.
Ngatjizeko told the new recruits that the police in Namibia are challenged by many facets of criminality such as murder, rape, domestic violence, trafficking in human beings, housebreaking, money laundering and cyber crime as well as the misuse of alcohol and drugs.
The minister called on regional police commanders to try their best to minimise crime in their regions.
He warned the new police officers that they were now returning to the communities where they came from and that they should be their servants and not bosses.
"Your daily interaction with the communities will determine your suitability as peace officers or as a disgrace to NamPol. Go back and serve your communities, the Namibian nation, with passion, dedication, integrity, honesty and self-sacrifice in your future assignment," Ngatjizeko said.