Recent integration of regular police, APs  meant to improve service delivery,says president Uhuru

Recent integration of regular police, APs meant to improve service delivery,says president Uhuru

BY PSCU/JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND OCT 2018-The recent changes made in the police force which also saw integration of the regular and Administration Police (APs) is maent to improve service delivery to the Kenyans.This is according to president Uhuru Kenyatta.

  Speaking at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday  where he received both outgoing and new commissioners of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA),the president   told the new joint police force to work with dignity and redeem its image from tags of being the “most corrupt” to being the “most respected” institution in the land.

“This is a new service that should have no place for impunity. It serves Kenyans equally and ensure that those that need punishment are punished with respect to the law”, said President Kenyatta.

He said the first mandate of the police is to serve Kenyans and make
the country the most secure, to safeguard and attract investments.

“The most desirable attitude in policing is that the public comes
first. This attribute, coupled with integrity, is, indeed, key to
maintaining, on a lasting basis, security and safety in society,” said
President Kenyatta.

He also received exit reports from the two commissions and four
policy documents from the NPSC on housing, training and development,
welfare, and psychological counselling of officers.

President Kenyatta said the new housing arrangement for police officers will restore pride and dignity in the force.

When the new National Police Service Housing Policy is implemented,
officers will enjoy accommodation under various categories including
houses owned by the NPS, in estates and apartments, houses in police
institutions and police lines and shift quarters.

Others will be accommodated in gated residential areas and in stand-alone apartment blocks.

President Kenyatta said the establishment of both NPSC and IPOA six
years ago ushered in a new policing era in Kenya characterized by modern
equipment, new training curriculum and highly motivated, transparent
and accountable service men and women.

He congratulated IPOA for an excellent job in executing its
wide-ranging mandate that positively contributed to a significant
improvement in policing despite having no previous institution to
compare with.

President Kenyatta acknowledged that during its first six-year
tenure, IPOA put in place structures, policies regulations and
established its headquarters and opened regional offices across the
country.

“IPOA exists as a safeguard against police misconduct. To that
extent, I need to re-emphasize my administration’s support in this
endeavour and we applaud your work,” the President told the
commissioners.

He added: “You have kept to your mandate of conducting impartial and
independent investigations, inspections, audits and monitoring of the
National Police Service to prevent impunity and enhance professionalism
in the interest of the public.”

IPOA conducted 760 investigations, took some to court and made key recommendations during its first six years.

President Kenyatta said the NPSC had also achieved key milestones during the first term of its existence.

He added that  the commission had succeeded in putting in place a rigorous vetting process for officers, fostering cordial relations with various stakeholders and engaged fruitfully with the National Assembly, civil society, the Police Reforms Steering Committee and a number of international organisations.

The NPSC also put in place mechanisms to evaluate senior officers to determine their competencies and suitability for promotion.

The President said the recommendations made by the commission will go
a long way in clarifying and simplifying command and control to improve
accountability and performance.

“They will make our police more than equal to the threats to our nation,” the Head of State added.

He promised full government support to both IPOA and the NPSC to continue executing their critical mandate.

President Kenyatta applauded Cabinet Secretary for Interior and
Coordination of National Government Fred Matiangi and Inspector General
of Police Joseph Boinnet who were present for their leadership and good
working relationship with the outgoing commissioners.

On his part, Matiangi said his efforts are aimed at interpreting
President Kenyatta’s vision on security through a collaborative and
consultative security sector.

Outgoing IPOA Chairman Njeru Macharia, who is being replaced by Anne
Makori, said his organization had been highly rated by various
international and continental institutions.

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