Uhuru urges police to redeem image from ‘most corrupt’ to ‘most respected’

Uhuru urges police to redeem image from ‘most corrupt’ to ‘most respected’

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said the recent integration of the Regular and Administration Police formations is aimed at improving efficiency in service delivery and ending impunity.

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,” he said.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi, where he received both outgoing and new commissioners of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA).

“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 the President.

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.

The President 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.

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

President Kenyatta said the NPSC 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, the Civil  Society, the Police Reforms Steering Committee and a number of international organizations.