, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Thomas Longoris was voted the overall winner in the category of police officers going the extra mile to serve the public during this year’s outstanding police service award ceremony on Thursday.
After 25 years of service to his country, Longoris never thought there will be a day his service will be recognised at a national level in a ceremony attended by his boss, the Inspector General of Police and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.
- Other officers under the category of the 'Extra Mile' were Ongata Rongai OCPD Simon Musyoki Kimuyu, Pangani DTO Jenifer Munyaani Mutuku and Stephen Kimeli Kwambai, an officer based in Mathare/Loingalayani Camp.
- Othaya Police Station in Nyeri County was voted as the cleanest and orderly in the country while Menengai Police station in Nakuru was second with Kendu Bay Police station in Homabay being third.
“I have always been guided by the word of God during my service to the country,” Longoris told Capital FM News immediately after receiving a certificate in recognition of his service.
According to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), the resident of West Pokot and specifically those under Kapenguria Police Station, where he is based, highly praised the cop currently at the rank of sergeant.
“He collects intelligence, interacts with the community, excellent in his operations, trains Kenya Police reservists in the area, honest, a counsellor and a pastor,” read the long list of attributes.
In a society where police officers are perceived as brutal and corrupt, how did he manage to win the hearts of the residents of West Pokot?
“I come from the area and I think they view me as their own son,” he said.
Still, he said,” I live to the true calling of the service and simply, to please humanity and God.”
The IPOA funded award, he said will only serve to boost his morale to even work more in ensuring the country is secure.
Other officers under the category of the ‘Extra Mile’ were Ongata Rongai OCPD Simon Musyoki Kimuyu, Pangani DTO Jenifer Munyaani Mutuku and Stephen Kimeli Kwambai, an officer based in Mathare/Loingalayani Camp.
Othaya Police Station in Nyeri County was voted as the cleanest and orderly in the country while Menengai Police station in Nakuru was second with Kendu Bay Police station in Homabay being third.
In promoting community policing, Luanda and Athi River police stations were voted the best in the country.
Andrew Mwendwa Kituku an officer based at Igembe South CID headquarters and Roselyne Muthoni Njuki based at Mochongoi Police station in Baringo County were the overall winners of the awards.
The two requested Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to promote them to the next rank, “so that the other officers can emulate us.”
“I kindly appeal that you do something…a certificate alone is not sufficient,” Kituku said, leaving the room in laughter.
Boinnet addressing the forum said the officers were a clear indication that the police service is not entirely evil.
“Our people are able to go about their lives with confidence because of the selfless commitment to our calling as police officers,” he said.
He said the ongoing police reforms will ensure the officers working environment and other welfare issues are properly addressed.
A total of 46 officers and eight stations were honoured for their exemplary service to the public.