THE newly appointed Oshana regional police commander, Commissioner Naftal Lungameni Sackaria, has the intention of strengthening the existing good cooperation between the police and the community in order to reduce crime in the region.
He replaced Commissioner Rauha Amwele who reached retirement age, having served the nation as a police officer for 32 years.
Delivering his acceptance speech at the regional police headquarters at Oshakati on Monday, the incoming regional commander Sackaria described the fight against crime as “a challenging undertaking” which cannot be left to the police alone.
“Our approach will be that of a community orientated policing,” he said, adding that the approach is indeed in line with NamPol’s strategic plan and it falls under Pillar Two that speaks of building a partnership.
Sackaria indicated that they will aggressively pursue and enhance stakeholders cooperation.
Meanwhile, Amwele stated that it has been a good 32 years, and profound memories were made which she will cherish.
“For the past several days, memories have been flooding in my mind, and deep down in my heart. I have great memories of the times shared, successes achieved, challenges faced in my professional and personal life, they all form part of the extraordinary memories of my policing career,” she said.
In 2009, Amwele was promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner and transferred to the Oshakati police headquarters and in 2015 she was promoted to the rank of Commissioner and appointed regional commander, the position she held till her retirement.
Amwele said that retirement is not a sign of being tired.
It is a matter of having reached the age where retirement is mandatory.
She promised that she will continue serving the people because that has always been her calling.