UNESCO and NamPol join forces to enhance Police-Media Relations

Staff Writer

THE Training and Development Directorate of the Namibia Police (Nampol) in the Erongo region is scheduled to participate in a five-day workshop to create a training module for police officers.

Supported by UNESCO and the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO, the workshop will focus on creating a module centred on Freedom of Expression in connection with media and the improvement of the relationship between the media and the law enforcement officers.

The five-day workshop which began this past Monday was officially opened on by Erongo Regional Commander, Commissioner Nicolaus Kupembona.

According to UNESCO, the intention behind creating this module is to enhance the skills of law enforcement personnel.

“This will be achieved by offering training in areas such as Freedom of Expression, Access to Information, and the protection of journalists. The goal is to facilitate better interaction with the media through improved communication practices,” UNESCO said.

Moreover, UNESCO elaborated that the vital role of law enforcement personnel involves safeguarding and creating a favourable atmosphere for Freedom of Speech, the availability of information, and the safeguarding of journalists.

According to UNESCO, this enables the police to independently, accurately explore and present vital information to enhance effective governance, the principles of justice, and human rights.

The creation of the module draws inspiration from UNESCO’s guidebook titled “Preserving Freedom of Expression and Maintaining Public Order.”

After the completion of this module’s development, there will be a training workshop for trainers scheduled for September 2023

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