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Police reforms State priority, Uhuru says

Kinyuru Munuhe @kinyurumunuhe

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said his administration will continue to aggressively pursue capacity enhancement and modernisation of police service to enable it to combat complex crimes.

He, at the same time, urged law enforcers to observe high levels of integrity and serve the country with diligence even as the State strives to ensure officers work under conducive environment.

“These investments have eased response to emergencies and improved police efficiency and effectiveness. We also remain seized with the task of improving police welfare,” he said when he officiating the passing-out parade of 3,984 police constables at the Administration Police Training College (APTA) in Embakasi, Nairobi yesterday.

The Head of State appealed to police officers to approach their work in a humane manner. “As officers of the law, and as public servants, there is a special obligation on you to serve Kenyans with compassion and understanding, and to show them that government is here to work for them,” he said.

Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i said the Security sector has made tremendous achievements and the reform process will continue. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the service has been able to create more specialised police formations to combat threats posed by terrorism, extremist violence, radicalisation and organised crime.

“The graduation of the detail No 1/2017 from all our colleges will greatly boost our numbers and I am happy to note that the shortage that existed within our ranks has greatly been addressed within the last four years,” he said. He assured better service deliverly from his charges in the wake of the government’s investment in the modernisation programme.

“I wish to assure you and the country that the National Police Service is committed to fulfilling its role of providing public safety and security throughout the country,” he said.

Tomorrow, President Uhuru is expected to officiate the passing out parade of more than 3,000 police recruits from the General Service Unit (GSU) in Embakasi.

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