Copps on the go

03 September 2018 | Local News

Barry de Klerk – The Windhoek City Police have undertaken to be more visible in the next few months to make sure the city’s roads are safer for everyone.

Windhoek Express joined Kosmos 94.1, the Windhoek City Police and Camp David on their weekly Copps 94.1 radio programme last week. This programme which makes the City Police more visible, is aimed at combating crime and traffic offences at the same time.

Last Friday the ride started quietly, with no call-ins between 20:00 and 21:00. However, thereafter things changed quickly, as the police were informed of drag racing taking place in Eros. The City Police rushed to the scene and the racing was brought to an end.

According to members of the police service, the racing took place during a matric farewell. Learners from a secondary school in Windhoek decided to have some fun in front of the parking lot where the event took place.

According to the police, one of the drivers was unlicensed and he had taken his parents car without their permission. The car was searched and the police found that it had no licence disk, only number plates. The young drivers’ parents appeared to be out of town and could not be reached during the course of the investigation. The police were still investing the case when the Copps team left the scene.

Due to the long weekend, the city was relatively quiet and the Copps team mostly roamed the streets to make sure nothing too serious took place. While patrolling, a call came in about an accident in Sam Nujoma Drive in Klein Windhoek.

A pedestrian had been struck by a truck while trying to cross the road. The pedestrian, known as homeless man in the area, sustained a few injuries but none were life threating. The ambulance service and the Namibian Marshall Rangers were on the scene quickly, stabilised the injured person.

According to the truck driver, the man jumped in front of the truck while he was driving. The City Police are still investigating the case, while the pedestrian was taken to hospital to receive further treatment.

Following the traffic incidents, the team moved to Katutura where they closed shebeens that were operating without the right licenses. According to the police, it is easier to close the shebeens on time, before a fight or disputes break out.

Other cases encountered by the team during the evening included public intoxication. In this vein, members of the public are once again urged not to consume alcohol in public places.

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