Serving and retired Police officers to undergo counseling

Written By: Hunja Macharia
1913

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The government has set up five counseling centers aimed at improving the psychological health of police officers.

The pilot program in five counties will see police officers access free counseling services.

This comes amid rising concerns over incidences of police officers committing suicide and in some instances turning against each other owing to work related pressure.

The pilot counseling program is a joint initiative between the Kenya national police service and a nongovernmental organization.

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Thika West DCIO Linus Owango cited the urgent need for serving and retired police officers to undergo counseling therapy to ease the pressure they encounter in their line of duty.

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The initiative was launched in response to several cases of suicide and family related murders committed by police officers unable to control their rage which in some cases has been linked to underlying mental problems.

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Law enforcement officers are also said to put their lives on the line as part of their job to protect peoples’ lives, Property or even in self defense and the trauma from the experiences should be handled well.

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The nongovernmental organization is also planning to hold a forum with police officers from Thika, Gatundu, Juja and Ruiru where a campaign to appreciate and embrace police officers will be launched.

The foundation also seeks to ensure that police officers are properly facilitated and housed.

 

 

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