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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,13TH SEPT 2019-A report by the national police service on the 2018 Annual crime index has revealed that a total of 65 police officers lost their lives in 2018 while in the line of duty.Out of these cases terrorism accounted for the most deaths at 35 per cent.
The report further sates that 23 police officers were killed in terror-related incidents in Wajir and Garissa counties, along boarder with Somalia.
A similar attack killed 12 officers this year – a period not covered by the report.
In Rift Valley region, which according to the report had the highest cases of crime reported across the country, police officers were killed after bandits laid ambush. Samburu county had the highest incidents.
During the time in question the report reveals that 536 police officers sustained injuries while in the line of duty, mostly inflicted on them by terrorists.
The report released on Friday indicates the NPS has adopted a raft of measures to reduce such cases, among them the reorganization of the command structure.
The measures include, “reorganization of the National Police Service command structure in conformity with NPS Act 2011, and assignment of specific and distinct functions to DIG’s Kenya Police and Administration Police Service; Kenya Police Service to focus on public safety and security while the Administration Police Service to focus on protective and border security as well us combating cattle rustling and banditry.”
In 2018, cases of crime reported increased by 13 per cent, to 88,268 cases.
Rift Valley region had the highest crime recorded, followed by Eastern region while Central Kenya came third, where Kiambu County topped the list, with possession of dangerous drugs leading the list at 2,913 cases.
Nakuru which is the biggest town and business hub for the Rift Valley region and the country had 4,329 cases, the highest in region.