Namibian Police launch law enforcement training programme on rights of children during COVID-19
For Every Child
The Namibian Police Force (NAMPOL) officially launched a law enforcement training programme under the theme "Realising the rights of children in conflict with the law during the COVID-19 pandemic"
The training for law enforcement officials will focus on dealing with children in conflict with the law.
The training which is supported by UNICEF, aims to equip law enforcement, and other officers on the ground, in responding to child protection issues and supporting children in conflict with the law during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the event, UNICEF Representative, Ms. Rachel Odede, stated that the response to protecting children in conflict with the law during the COVID-19 pandemic should be guided by the principles established by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and International standards on access to justice for children.
She further added that this training will strengthen the capacity of law enforcement to address and respond to the needs of children in contact with the law.
Major-General Oscar Embubulu delivered remarks at the official opening on behalf of Inspector-General, Lt. Gen. Sebastian Haitota Ndeitunga.
He reiterated that law enforcement plays a vital role in realising children’s rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular protecting the rights of children in conflict with the law. He further stated that enhancing the abilities of members of the Namibian Police Force and that of stakeholders in the protection of children should be considered a priority by all, for effective law enforcement.
The training started on 15 June for law enforcement officials operating in the State of Emergency and Namib Desert Operation respectively.