Basadi busts crime

10 December 2018 | Crime

The police made a total of 249 arrests over five days during the second phase of Operation Basadi that took place in the capital last week.

This operation is conducted twice a year by female officers of NamPol along with other law enforcement agencies, and took place from 28 November to 2 December.

Along with the arrests, 187 shebeens had their doors closed.

According to NamPol Women's Network Chairperson, Major-General Anne-Marie Nainda, the female officers conducted stop-and-searches, set up mini roadblocks and raised awareness through talking to people and through visible policing – all in an effort to tackle crime.

“The objective is to combat and reduce crimes committed against women and children and the elderly, and to enhance co-operation between the police and its stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence and related crimes,” Nainda said.

Nainda applauded the 1 837 women across the country who took part in the exercise, which also included women from the ministries of agriculture, water and forestry; home affairs and immigration; gender equality and child welfare; the Roads Authority and various anti-crime groups.

As part of the operation, the women's network also donated a number of items to the less privileged.

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