Gov’t to reward best performing police officers, stations

The  Government  will  soon  launch  a  competition for senior  police  officers to  fast-track the realization of reforms within the National Police Service.

Speaking  during  the  opening  of  a  leadership  development  course  for  Regional  Police Commanders at the National Police Senior Staff College (Loresho Campus), Interior Cabinet Secretary,  Dr.  Fred  Matiang’i,  said  that  a  committee  has  already  been  set  up  to  draft  a comprehensive assessment criteria to identify the best police station in the country.

“The assessment criteria will involve citizen reviews on services and the general outlook of that facility.  We  will  forward  the  details  of  the  best  OCS  to  the  National  Police  Service Commission for automatic promotion,” Dr.  Matiang’i said, adding that the competition, which will begin in July 2019, will be done in collaboration with other agencies, including the State Department for Correctional Services.

The  Cabinet Secretary emphasized the  need  for citizen participation  towards the success  of the ongoing police reforms and urged the newly appointed Regional Police Commanders to engage  with  various  civil  society  groups,  Faith-Based  Organisations  (FBOs),  and  local organizations to find long-term solutions to various security challenges in the country.

While  acknowledging some  of  the  existing  issues  in  the  management  of  the diverse  police workforce,  he  challenged  them  to  step  up  as  managers,  leaders,  and  mentors  to  curb  such cases as depression and suicide among the officers.

“Service is about interacting with the people you are working with, including those under you— not bossing them about,” he stated.

“We are operating in a highly-sophisticated criminal environment; we cannot rely on weapons in addressing our security challenges,” Dr. Matiang’i said, adding that capacity development is  one  of  the  most  viable  resources  imperative  for  achieving  long-term  objectives  in  an evolving security landscape.

He also announced that H.E.  President  Uhuru  Kenyatta  will  soon  commission  a  premier leadership  training  college  in  Karen  as  part  of  the  Government’s  efforts  to  institutionalize reforms  within  the  National  Police  Service.

The  facility,  which  will  be  one  of  a  kind  in Africa, will enhance capacity building initiatives and offer training for senior police officers on internationally approved and best practices in policing.

Dr. Matiang’i also divulged that the Government is planning to inject more resources into the deployment of  technology  to aid in  the  management  of security  services,  especially  border patrol and information-sharing between various actors.

In the same breath, the CS highlighted some of the successes of the partnership between the internal  security  sector  and  the  Ministry  of  ICT,  key  among  them  the  Digital  Human Resource Information System for the National Police Service, which has so far captured the details of over 20,000 officers so far.

On his part, the Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Joe Mucheru, committed full support towards the

Government’s  drive  to  digitize  various  administrative  procedures  within  the  Service,  the Occurrence Book, and the Crime Management System to streamline service delivery.

The  Inspector  General  of  Police,  Joseph  Boinnet,  called  upon  the  new  commanders  to marshal the officers under them to turn the Government’s reforms agenda within the Service into  practical  realities.

Boinnet  also  urged  them  to  support  National  Government Administration  Officers  (NGAOs)  to  implement  the  Executive  Order  issued  by  President Kenyatta last week.

  

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