, NAIROBI, Kenya, may 5 – Best performing police officers were set to be feted Friday morning in awards organized by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), with the support of local and international partners.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery was set to preside over the awards, aimed at encouraging police officers to improve service delivery to the public.
US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec is among guests scheduled to make remarks at the ceremony to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel.
“This is an opportunity for us all to keep focusing on the policing strategies necessary towards building a better, secure and safe country that we must all stand to defend,” Nkaisserry said in a statement.
It will also provide an opportunity for the public, who are the main recipients of policing services, to rate individual officers and the police premises they have interacted with.
“Awarding outstanding police officers or facilities at such times, through nominations by members of the public brings hope that the National Police Service is transforming the profession,” Nkaissery said.
The awards are categorised in best Individual Police Officer-Female, Best Individual Police Officer-Male, Best Detention or Holding Facility and best Police Facility in Orderliness and Cleanliness.
There will also be an award for best Facility in Community Policing, Human Rights Awards, Posthumous Bravery Awards and Outstanding Police Service Awards Special.
The awards were introduced by IPOA in conjunction with the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), National Police Service (NPS), Huduma Kenya, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Rotary Club of Nairobi, Transparency International, the Usalama Reforms Forum and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).