Police to conduct target practice
11 June 2021 | Crime
Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu; Nampol; “Just because you carry a firearm does not mean you know how to use it ...”
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration and Safety announced that it intends to conduct shooting exercises near Omaruru on Saturday and Sunday (12 and 13 June 2021.)
Members of the public are advised to steer clear and not to herd cattle in the vicinity and surrounds of the Lucius Sumbwanyambe Mahoto correctional service training range.
Erongo Police Regional Commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, denied that this decision came as result to the recent shooting incident in which a police officer reportedly shot an innocent bystander in the pursuit of an escaped offender.
Nelumbu said the training session is a regular occurrence that has at times been somewhat neglected.
“We do this every year under normal circumstances, but there are often constraints in resources so we do this whenever we have the resources available,” he said.
The commissioner believes that this training procedure is important for members of the police force.
“The use of firearms by the police force is vital for the safety of the public and members of the force. On the other hand, carrying a firearm does not mean you know how to use it in terms of precision and using it accurately,” said Nelumbu.
He pointed out that police officers work against criminals and those criminals are often armed.