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Walvis Bay gets N$127-million police station

The new N$127-million Tutaleni Police Station was inaugurated at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.

It consists of a charge office, eight holding cells, a boardroom, 23 offices, two blocks of barracks with 40 bedrooms, three houses with three bedrooms each, garages, an open-plan lounge, a dining and kitchen area, a drying yard and two guard houses.

It is also equipped with a service building, small soccer field, parking areas doubling as parade grounds, roadways, and a petrol station with a wash bay.

A 16-seater Toyota Quantum, single-cab Toyota Hilux, two sedans and computers have also been made available to allow officers to effectively carry out their duties.

The event was officiated at by minister of home affairs, immigration, safety and security Albert Kawana, who said police stations must be supported by a sufficient number of police officers with good conduct and devotion.

“Such officers must be disciplined, loyal and patriotic, and should consider their profession as a calling, not just a job opportunity.”

He appealed to the Erongo community and Walvis Bay residents in particular to join hands with the police in contributing to the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.

He urged them to participate in policing programmes.

Police inspector general Joseph Shikongo said facilities like the new station would improve policing service delivery, and improve the living and working conditions of officers.

He urged those who will be using the facilities to take good care of them for future generations.

“I am urging all individual police officers to remain disciplined, loyal to the system and respecting the values and norms of the Namibian Police, as it is the only way that we will be able to achieve our goals, aims and objectives.”