The Government is fulfilling its promise of boosting police numbers to ensure that Kenyans are safe, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The President said once the recruits graduating this year join the Police Service, the ratio of police officer to civilians will stand at 1 to 380 – surpassing the United Nations’ recommended benchmark ratio of one policeman or woman to every 450 civilians.
“This is a significant achievement when compared with where we were in 2013, that is, 1 policeman to 1000 civilians,” President Kenyatta pointed out.
President Kenyatta was speaking today at the Kenya Police Training College, Kiganjo, in Nyeri County where he presided over the passing-out parade of 3,980 officers.
The graduating officers are part of a batch of 10,000 who were recruited by the National Police Service to serve under different formations including the General Service Unit and the Administration police.
The President said the additional strength means that the National Police Service will now be able to offer better services, deploy more efficiently and cover more ground.
“These new officers will enter a force whose conditions and terms of service have been very substantially improved,” the President said.
He affirmed the Government’s commitment to the police modernization program, saying substantial sums of money have been used to bring in modern equipment so that police officers can fight crime effectively.
The Head of State cited the new armoured cars, new planes and new surveillance facilities that have been procured for the purpose of empowering police officers to effectively do their job of keeping every part of the country safe.
To boost the morale of police officers, President Kenyatta said a number of measures are in place to improve their welfare.
“Today, police officers and their immediate family members are enjoying a comprehensive medical cover, in addition to the group life cover that has been available for three years now,” President Kenyatta said.
Additionally, the President said a number of housing projects are under implementation to provide new homes for police officers and to improve the quality of the older ones.
He reiterated his Administration’s commitment to do more to empower police officers and urged them to do their part in securing the lives of Kenyans and their property.
“But let us agree, in return for all this investment, the Police Service will too to do its part: re-dedicate itself to the ideal of Utumishi Kwa Wote,” President Kenyatta said.
The President added: “This is the only thing that Kenyans want in return. I, as your President, believe in you; I believe you can and will serve to that standard. So go forth, and serve your motherland with total dedication.”
Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery thanked the President for his support to the Police Service which has seen it improve on its tools of trade and the welfare of its officers tremendously.
He assured the President and Kenyans at large that the country’s security agencies are well prepared to execute their mandate of ensuring peace and tranquillity before, during and after the elections and warned those bent on causing disharmony that serious action will be taken against them.
“The graduands have been well equipped with skills to ensure the security of the country is well taken care of,” said the Interior CS.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the Kenya Police Service has formulated a new curriculum which will start being implemented this year when new recruits are admitted to the training colleges.
He pointed out that those who graduated today have undergone intensive training which included courses on human rights, how to deal with violent extremism and terrorism among other issues which concern modern day security challenges.
On his part, Deputy Inspector General of Police Joel Kitili, said the Kenya Police is dedicated to the safety and protection of all Kenyans saying those who graduated today have been well equipped to handle their duties with all diligence.
Also present were National Police Service Commissioners led by their Chairman Johnstone Kavulundi.