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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,2ND FEB 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta says his administration is focused towards improving welfare of the police in the country and ensuring they had better terms and conditions of service.
Speaking during the closure of a two-day Inspector General of Police conference at the Kenya School of Government,the President said he will soon commission a police hospital that will deal with unique circumstances of their line of duty.
“I will soon commission a police hospital and come up with a robust medical insurance that will cover you and your families,” he said.
Uhuru said negotiations are underway to replace all the leased vehicles to enable the police answer calls to members of public quicker.
“We want these vehicles sold as second hand to our officers so that they can feel proud of having maintained them,” the President said.
He said in addition to the current three M17 helicopters which can move to any troubled zone, the government will before March increase the number to five.
He said the number of patrol vehicles will also be increased to 6,140 vehicles.
He also commended the police for having proved equal to the task despite the 2017 long electioneering period.
“2017 was quite an eventful year for the service. You were tried and tested but you proved equal to the task. I haven’t gotten a chance to personally say am grateful for all that you did in ensuring Kenyans are safe,” he said.
He said following the challenges that the services faces, there is great need to review the 2017 performance and set the agenda for 2018.
President Uhuru also directed the Communications Authority to issue a sum of Sh1 billion to the National Police Service to boost the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ capacity in dealing with sophisticated crime.
Uhuru said with the completion of the forensic library equipped with modern equipment, the department must be able to deal with both the emerging criminal trends and those unexpected crimes.
“Instead of this money lying idle in CAK’s watch, it can help us boost the capacity of our service. There is an important aspect of preparation to deal with all unexpected and new challenges and more sophisticated criminals. This requires a flexible police service that is well equipped with modern facilities that can help them effectively execute their mandate,” Uhuru said.