The Namibian Police Force is allowed to use minimum force when apprehending dangerous suspects, the safety and security minister Charles Namoloh said.
This comes after complaints by civilians on the amount of force used by police officers during arrests which often leaves suspects injured from man-handling or beatings.
NamPol can only use force when it is necessary and are not allowed to use force in cases where suspects are accused of minor crimes.
“The police can use minimum force but this does not mean that they are allowed to use extensive force or extreme force on suspects. It is against the constitutional rights of the country. In cases where suspects are known to be dangerous then they are allowed to use minimum force,” he said.
He added that cases of assault can be laid against police officers using unnecessary extreme force against suspects and they will have to be dealt with accordingly.
Namoloh also said suspects who refuse to be taken into custody will find themselves in trouble as the police might be forced to apply minimum force on them.
“If you resist arrest and don’t want to corporate then of course the police will use minimum force. One thing Namibians need to learn is that they have to communicate with the police and allow the police do their job and not cause more problems for themselves.”
“Being a police officer does not exclude officers from being charged and trialed in the court of law. If there is a person out there that has been harmed by police officers then I would only advise them to take the necessary steps by laying charges against the police officer and further steps will be taken,” he said.
He added that law enforcement agents have vowed to uphold the law and not to take the law in their hands.