Kenya pledges to reform police service

The Kenyan government will accelerate implementation of new reforms in the police service to enhance its capacity to deal with emerging security threats, officials said on Thursday.

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Kenya police
Kenya police

Speaking during the launch of a scorecard on performance of the national police service, officials said that administrative and policy reforms were an imperative in order to improve the performance of security officers.

Kenya police
Kenya police

Murshid Mohammed, a commissioner with National Police Service said that broad reforms will be carried out in the entire security sector to stamp out malpractices that undermine the war against crime.

“Implementation of comprehensive reforms in the police force is on course and focuses on better remuneration, retraining, provision of medical cover and decent shelter,” Mohammed said.

Researchers from the University of Nairobi carried out a survey on the performance of the police service in the light of a new constitutional dispensation.

The survey reveals that the Kenyan police force has been receptive to policy, institutional and legislative reforms that have contributed to its rapid modernization.

He revealed that a new training curriculum for recruits has been launched while the establishment of a national police service academy is on course.

“The budgetary allocation to the police service has gone up while administrative reforms have promoted meritocracy. The vetting exercise has enabled us to weed out unethical practices in the service,” Mohamed told reporters.

Police spokesman Charles Owino said institutional and policy reforms have transformed the security sector.

“We are witnessing a robust engagement between law enforcement agencies and the public to help identify and apprehend criminal elements courtesy of police reforms,” said Owino. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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