MORE than 200 arrests were made during the Namibian Police Force's women's network's five-day 'Operation Basadi'.
The countrywide operation ran from 28 November to 2 December, and was aimed at combating and reducing crimes committed against women and children.
At a media briefing held in Windhoek on Wednesday, the police announced that 249 people were arrested during the second phase of the operation, compared to the first phase when 167 arrests were made. Operation Basadi (meaning women in Setswana), is conducted twice a year by female officers from NamPol and other law- enforcement agencies.
The Namibian Police women's network chairperson, major general Anne-Marie Nainda said to tackle the focused crimes, the female officers conducted stop - and - searches, set up mini roadblocks, and raised awareness through talking to people and through visible policing.
Of the 249 arrests carried out, 32 were for gender-based violence-related crimes, while one arrest was made for child neglect and another for abduction.
Forty-two cases of domestic violence were reported. Nainda also said nine women visiting liquor outlets with babies received warnings, and 18 drug-related incidents were reported.
As part of the operation, the women's network also donated some items to the less privileged.
"The objective of this initiative was to combat and reduce crimes committed against women and children and the elderly, and to enhance cooperation between the police and its stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence and related crimes," she said.
Nainda applauded the 1 837 women across the country who took part in the exercise, which also included women from the ministries of agriculture, water and forestry; home affairs and immigration; gender equality and child welfare; the Roads Authority, and various anti-crime groups. - Nampa