THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated a state-of-the-art drone to the Namibian Police.
Receiving the drone on behalf of the police at the police headquarters in Windhoek yesterday, police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga said: "Donations such as this one are very essential in policing operations and will contribute to police effectiveness in ensuring that our country remains safe."
Ndeitunga said the drone would give the law enforcement agent eyes in the sky, as its agility and versatility make it ideal to easily operate over a given city, rough terrain or areas covered by dense vegetation.
"The use of drones in areas of policing is rapidly advancing, which makes it possible for law enforcement to use an aerial view without having to dispatch helicopters, which are costly to operate," Ndeitunga said.
At the event, UNDP representative Alka Bhatia congratulated the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security for embracing change by ushering in the fourth Industrial Revolution with the use of technology.
"Drones are being used to respond to humanitarian development and peacekeeping operations," Bhatia said.
Bhatia said although a drone alone cannot resolve the challenges brought on by social challenges such as wildlife crime or climate change, it is a powerful ally for public servants and communities on the front line of development challenges.
The UNDP representative said the drone could also help the ministry bring services such as the distribution of identification documents closer to communities.
"Drones can also be used for remote sensing, gathering imagery and data in the wake of natural disastes like floods, or map hotspots for crime," Bhatia said, adding that she hopes the drone would help support patrols to prevent crime, particularly in preventing rhino poaching.