Amidst challenges of manpower and resources, one of the major setbacks in policing duties in Northern Province, is the lack of funding.
Northern Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector, Lincoln Gerari, says funding has hindered policing duties in the province.
And with increasing number of crime rates in the province, this has placed police in a situation, with funds already been exhausted.
“We have no money to carry out our operations.
“If only we have the money and logistical support, our police personnel can do a better job.
“That is to minimise and control the crime rate in the province.”
Gerari says police in Northern Province, at least, need K250,000 for their yearly operations.
“At the moment, we are down with vehicles. All our vehicles are overdue for replacement.
“We need finance and logistic support, to help me do the job better. We need to send our police to do the job in the rural areas, fuel and food,” Gerari says.
Gerari adds that finance and logistical support is important because this will make policing plan work which aims is to minimise and control crime rates.
“Our plan can only work, if we are adequately funded.
Seeing the need for good policing, the province, and political bureaucrats are now working closely with police, providing the much needed support.
“Headquarters they do not come good to us.
“Recently our Governor, Gary Juffa, has allocated K1 million to us to boost our operations. Our two other open members of parliament have also promised us and we thank them for their assistance.”
Regardless of police having no funding, Gerari says they will still strive to provide service.
“Whether we have the money or not, we will still strive to provide policing services to the people of Northern Province,” he said.