ABOUT 98 members of the Namibian Police’s Special Field Force (SFF) Directorate will undergo training to secure the country’s borders at the Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre in the Oshana Region.
The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the training is designed to equip the participants with relevant knowledge and skills that would enable them to respond adequately to the demands of modern operations such as that of global terrorism.
General Ndeitunga made the remarks
General Ndeitunga said during the launch of the Counter-Insurgency Operation Training Course on Friday that training is very important as it will prepare members to be ready to counter any possibility of insurgency.
“It is also vital that the Namibian Defence Force and the Namibian Police Force continue foster training of this magnitude to improve the police readiness to combat crime,” he said.
The general urged the trainees to always comply with the required codes of conduct for this training program.
Commissioner Elias Mutota, the commander of the Special Field Force Directorate, said the last training of this nature has benefited more than 200 members and since then, no training was conducted mainly due to a lack of time and resources.
Commissioner Mutota indicated that 80% of those members who were trained in COIN OPS are no longer with the force mainly due to retirement and other factors.
He said that from the inception of the Special Field Force in 1996 until 2006 the directorate had over 8 000 men and women in camouflage.
“Today the number has dramatically reduced to 2 356 due to natural wastage factors such as retirement, deaths, transfers, resignation, and the current phenomenon of early retirement of junior rank members,” he said.
Acting Head of Training and Development Directorate at Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre, Deputy Commissioner Frans Hafeni said certain aspects of the training already started 1 March and added that the course will conclude at the end of May.
Hafeni said that the training is very important as it relates to officers executing their core mandate which is to secure the internal security of Namibia.
“We can only do this by ensuring that our borders are secured and no intruder can slip into the land,” he said.
Hafeni urged the trainees not to give up or think about quitting when the training becomes tough.