Shikongo officially opens training for over 800 cadet constables

The Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo officially opened the first police training course for 2023/24 at the Ruben ‘Danger’ Ashipala Police Training Centre in Ondangwa on Monday.

Shikongo during the official opening said the recruitment of 841 cadet constables is a timely response to the urgent need for additional personnel within the force.

The new recruits attending the training course for a period of nine months consist of 572 and 269 females, recruited from all 14 regions.

“The first eight months will be theoretical and physical activities at the training centre, while the last month will be for work-integrated learning at different police stations in all regions,” he said.

Shikongo said policing is a profession that requires unwavering commitment, as well as genuine passion to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

He indicated that the training will equip the cadet constables with the necessary skills, knowledge and values to become guardians of justice, pillars of society and protectors of peace and security.

He further said that in order to fill the void in the police force, a total of 28 000 men and women officers are required countrywide to ensure safety and security in the country.

Upon completion, 100 cadet constables will be sent to the Border Guard infrastructure protection directorate.

The event was attended by the regional commanders of Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.

Deputy Commissioner Nico Steenkamp represented Oshana Commissioner Naftal Lungameni Sakaria who is in Cairo, Egypt.

Source: Namibia Press Agency