City police celebrates milestone in keeping Windhoek safe

Martin Endjala

As Namibia celebrates 34 years of independence on 21 March 2024, the Windhoek City Police Service (WCPS) reflects on some of its achievements in keeping the capital city safe for its inhabitants.

The WCPS Project was officially launched 14 years after independence, on 18 November 2004, by Founding President Sam Nujoma, and on 9 December 2006, the Windhoek City Police was fully established and commissioned as a law enforcement agency by former second President Hifikepunye Pohamba, marking a significant milestone in its history, with retired Chief Abraham Kotokeni Kanime serving as the founding Head of the Service.

During his tenure, one of the most significant milestones since the establishment of the WCPS was the installation of over 140 Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras for law enforcement through the use of technology across Windhoek.

This aligns with the City of Windhoek’s vision of becoming a smart City by 2027, where more than 2,000 CCTV cameras will cover various areas. With the advancement of technology, the WCPS has established a Drone Squadron with the main aim of increasing its operational efficiency and effectiveness.

“From the road signage point of view, our clear and well-maintained road markings and signs significantly contribute to road safety. The contrast between road markings and the road surface aids in creating visibility, especially during adverse weather conditions or at night,” said the current WCPS Chief Leevi Ileka.

The increased visibility of road signage, Chief Iileka said, is to ensure that drivers can accurately gauge their position on the road and stay within their designated lanes, thereby reducing the risk of collisions. Furthermore, their signs convey a clear message that, at its core, aims to protect the lives of all residents.

Its mission is to make Windhoek the safest city in Africa. This mission encapsulates its commitment to excellence, underpinned by its core values of Integrity, accountability and commitment. These values guide the WCPS in executing their duties, in their quest to keep Windhoek free from crime.

As Namibia celebrates another year of independence, the Windhoek City Police Service stands ready to continue its legacy of excellent service, by ensuring the safety and security of the residents of Windhoek, their properties and visitors alike.

The Windhoek City Police Service stands as a pillar of law enforcement in Windhoek, the vibrant capital city of Namibia, established in accordance with Section 43 C of the Police Act (Act 19 of 1990).

The WCPS was created to complement the efforts of the Namibian Police Force, in maintaining law and order within the jurisdiction of the Municipal Council of Windhoek.

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