A renowned crime fighting unit, Public Against Crime Namibia (PAC Nam), that has been assisting law enforcement authorities to bust criminals, rescue accident victims and cover tourists will shut down its services this coming July owing to a limited pool of funding.
Speaking to The Villager this week, PAC Nam founder, Sheriff Shaun Naude said he has been financing operations out of his own pocket for three years now while their appeal for donations have not been yielding significant results.
“I can not carry PAC Nam anymore, we haven’t made this public yet, although this will not stop the Namibian Marshall Rangers. I will still finance them and we will be doing our operations as far as law enforcement is concerned.”
“We tried to get the public involved because we want the public to support an initiative which works for the future of our country. People are like this, they want everything for free and then when the last tree falls they say Oh my goodness what happened to all the trees?” he said.
PAC Nam is a tactical combat team of marshals or middlemen operating as a police-shadow with the view of making the roads safer and operates with emergency services on a 24 hour round the clock basis country-wide.
“When we come to an accident scene we help the officials by creating a working parameter by keeping the public one side and the officials one side and creating a safe environment,” he said.
PAC Nam’s symbiotic relationship with the public assisted in launching shadow sting operations that rescued homes from burglars right on the spot of break-ins or responding to accident scenes in time before victims lost too much blood.
The Sheriff saw the initiative as that of uniting the nation, “So that we can avoid becoming like South Africa.”
“We are a small nation with a small population. We have the ability to make Namibia a paradise and unless we stand together as a nation it’s not gonna happen. I as a public figure, the Namib Cowboy, has offered my men and women to be of service for free to the public.”
“So we now want the public to say either they are gonna help us keep this country or we gonna withdraw because we can not carry the load by ourselves. But that’s not gonna stop us combating poaching. It’s not gonna stop us catching criminals,” said the Sheriff.
Over N$200 000 has come out of the Sheriff’s pockets to fund crime fighting operations for the last three years alone, with money going to the fueling and service of patrol vehicles among others.
“We are serving the animals which can’t speak for themselves, we are serving the police officer that is on duty by himself, we are serving the traffic officer who is on an accident scene and there is a crowd and vehicles and needs assistance. That’s why the police motto is Protect and Serve, our motto is Serve and Protect, big difference,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Naude said he continues to encourage the Namibian nation to unite together for a common cause.
Naude is an animal enthusiast and snake handler, a former member of one of the country’s early biggest rock bands and has been a public figure for 21 years.