Promotion should not be seen as mere decoration – police chief

Namibian Police inspector general Joseph Shikongo says promotions should not be seen as a mere decoration or reward to a police officer.

Shikongo said this during the second-phase promotion of 911 officers in Windhoek on Wednesday.

Shikongo said all appointments will be effective from the start of February, and that 46% of the promotions consist of women.

He reminded police officers that promotions come with huge responsibilities, including high-level accountability, commitment, command and control, as well as honesty in upholding the rule of law.

Newly appointed commanders were also reminded that they are expected to come up with crime prevention initiatives and devise new operational strategies and tactics to ensure the Namibian Police remain relevant in a modern policing world.

“You should lead by example in upholding the functions and values of the force and take note that it is also your duty and responsibility to instil discipline among your subordinates,” Shikongo concluded.

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