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A NEW DAWN (2019-03-11).

Any person keen with the on goings within the National Police Service for the past four years, must have observed that the National Police Service is on a reforms trajectory and has already undergone tremendous changes and transformation aimed at improving service delivery to Kenyans. Ranging from infrastructural development to human capital development, tooling, kitting and equipping Police officers to respond to modern-day security challenges, addressing the social welfare of officers among other changes, it is clear as day that the National Police Service is headed towards better days.

The journey towards transforming the Police as an institution to a friendlier People Centered Police Service started as early as during the clamour for multi-party democracy in the country. After almost five decades of being a Police Force then established by the colonial government to serve colonial interests, Kenyans in exercising their democratic rights demanded through a constitutional referendum that Police as an institution reforms the manner in which it operates to conform to modern day Policing standards, comparable to any offered across developed democracies in the world. As a result, the National Police Service comprising of the Kenya Police, Administration Police and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations came into being pursuant to Article 243 of the constitution.

The constitution also demanded that while discharging our mandate, Police should endeavor to observe the highest standards of transparency, accountability and professionalism across the ranks and file. It is for this reason that the National Police Service Commission Act 2011, the National Police Service Act 2011 and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Act 2011, came into being to institutionalize the envisaged reforms.

Like in any developing democracy, Kenya has over the years had its fair challenges in offering Policing services due to the ever expanding democratic space advancement in technology and globalization among other factors. However, in fulfilling the desires of Kenyans and in conformity to the rapidly developing global village, the National Police Service has instituted a wide range of reforms the main objective being offering policing services that reflect the will of the people while upholding the fundamental human rights and freedoms of every citizen regardless of their race, colour, religion, age or gender.

Led by the Inspector General who by the constitution holds the overall and independent command of the entire National Police Service, the Service has scored many firsts. For the first time in the history of policing, we have established an open door policy where members of the public, civil society organizations, faith based organizations and constitutional oversight bodies among other organizations can interrogate the manner in which we discharge our mandate at every level of policing. This has greatly improved our interaction with our various publics, improved public perception towards Police Officers and created a good working relationship between us and wananchi leading to a reduction in crime levels.

To achieve this, the Inspector General of Police embarked on countrywide tours of Police Stations, Police Posts, Patrol bases and areas under active security operations such as the Boni enclave to sensitize Police Officers on the new order of doing things, in strict fidelity to the law.

These sensitization forums coupled by information, education and communication materials from the media, internal Police communication channels and organizations supporting Police reforms such as the UNODC, Jamii Thabiti among others have greatly helped in reforming the manner in which Police Officers discharge their duties as well as in reforming Police Officers’mindsets. The service has also improved tremendously the living and working conditions of Police Officers to enable them perform their duties without undue distraction. Towards this endeavour, the Service introduced a Group Life Insurance Cover to insure Police Officers maimed or those who meet their deaths in the line of duty. The service also introduced a Comprehensive Medical Scheme covering both inpatient and out-patient services in a wide range of modern medical facilities for officers and their families to seek medical attention when need so arises.

This has greatly improved the morale of Police Officers who would hitherto seek contributions from fellow officers to settle hospital bills, which often would not be forthcoming. In ensuring that Police Officers live decently, the National Police Service recently introduced house allowances for all officers including junior Police Officers who were previously earning a near negligible housing supplementation and living in Police Lines most of which are overcrowded and in a deplorable state unfit for human habitation. In the new order, every Police Officer is set to earn a commuter and house allowances commensurate to their job groups, clustered in the jurisdictions in which they’re posted.

This development couldn’t have come at a better time. It means that Police officers will no longer live in isolation in Police Lines but in places of their choice within the jurisdictions in which they work like any other Kenyan. This will greatly improve the living conditions of officers and their families as well as help Police Officers integrate more with the communities they serve for effective and efficient service delivery. Through the Police Modernization Programme aimed at ensuring that the National Police Service responds to modern-day 21st century security challenges, the service has in the last few years embarked on a massive investment in the tools and equipment that officers use in execution of their mandate.

Officers in operational areas have been kitted with specialized motor vehicles such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carriers. Recently, the Inspector General received three new armoured patrol boats that have already been deployed to help in the fight against terror, contraband, trafficking among other marine related crimes along the Kenyan coast. Police officers have also been provided with body armour and most recently specialized firearms have been procured for different jurisdictions to tackle different types of crimes as they may arise.

All this is geared towards helping the Police execute their mandate as required by the law. Development of a new recruits training curriculum is also another milestone that hasn’t been an easy undertaking. The curriculum aimed at imparting Police Officers with modern skills in dealing with the ever changing security dynamics came at the opportune moment. Moulding of a Police Officer begins at the training level and therefore imparting new skills that conform to best practices at this stage goes further to confirm that the Police reforms and transformational journey is not an exercise in futility. The last two cohorts of Police Graduates from across our various training institutions have been instructed and mentored using the new curriculum as the basis of instruction. Last year alone, the National Police Service witnessed key transformational milestones top among them being the reorganization of the National Police Service Command structure to avoid duplication of duties, change of the General Duty Police uniforms to a more friendlier deep blue shade as well as rebranding and renaming of Police Training institutions all aimed at making the service more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Kenyans.

The Kenya Police College –Kiganjo was renamed as the National Police College Kiganjo Campus to train General Duty Police Officers. Former Administration Police Training College is now renamed as the National Police College Embakasi A Campus to train RDU, CIPU, ASTU and BPU recruits. The GSU Training School was rebranded as the National Police College Embakasi B Campus to train GSU recruits. Senior Staff College Loresho toNational Police Service Senior Staff College Loresho Campus to train senior officers. GSU Training School in Magadi was renamed as the National Police Service College Magadi Field Campus for tactical GSU training while the Border Police Training School was renamed to the National Police Service Border Police Training Campus for tactical BPU, CIPU, ASTU and RDU tactical training. In this new order, 24,572 general duty Administration Police Officers will integrate with Kenya Police General Duty Officers totaling to 80,773 under the Command of the Deputy Inspector General incharge of the Kenya Police. The various AP Posts established across the country will be part of the Police Station in the area either as Posts or Patrol Bases.

Forthwith, the Administration Police Service will be made up of formed units only with specific tasks. The units comprising of 24,780 personnel include the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU),Border Police Unit (BPU), Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU). The climax of the four years of transformation and reforms was to be witnessed in the first week of December 2018, when for the first time in the history of Policing in the country, a National Police Service week was held.

The weeklong exhibition meant to showcase what Police Officers from across all services and formationsdo in service delivery to Kenyans,was a major exemplification of the seriousness that the Police leadership has attached to changing the manner in which we operate. Kenyans from all walks of life trooped to the Railways grounds where the exhibition was hosted to witness first-hand how Police conduct their daily business and also interacted with Police Officers from across all ranks and file.

Visitors were also entertained by the various National Police bands, horse racing performances by the mounted unit and demonstrations from the canine unit among other demonstrations that left the public in awe. By all measures and standards, the open week was a success with the Cabinet Secretary for Interior noting that moving forward; the Open Week will be incorporated in the annual Police Calendar of events. The inaugural event which was graced by among others Nairob iGovernor Hon.Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Defense Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho among other senior government officials was a first of its kind.

The Inspector General has been on record in as many times that the changes being witnessed are aimed at making the National Police Service a People Centered world class Police Service that is Utumishi kwa Wote and offers its services Kwa Uaminifu na Haki.

Moving forward, Kenyans canonly expect the best!

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