, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – Security remains key among the Jubilee government promises listed in their manifesto, in a bid to guard what they term as massive investments they continue to carry out in the country.
If elected, the Jubilee government now promises to expand the Integrated Command and Control Centre (IC3) to cover other cities and towns.
So far, the IC3 programme covers Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities, and according to police statistics, it has led to a drastic drop in cases of crime.
The multi-billion programme provides timely information on incidents happening in the streets, which are closely monitored at the Command and Control Centre at the Police headquarters.
The Jubilee government also if voted back to power says it will, “enhance community participation in security by strengthening the Nyumba Kumi initiative.”
The initiative has led to several success stories in the management of security in the country, a case at hand being Kirinyaga County where insecurity has dropped by 300 percent since it was introduced.
Terrorism remains real in the country, and the Jubilee government plans to “strengthen the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) by acquiring more specialised vehicles.”
In the past months, the country has lost over 20 police officers to Improvise Explosive Device (IED) attacks. In one of the attacks, seven officers were killed in Lamu County after their armored vehicle was blown away.
Also, the Jubilee Government, if elected, says they will, “provide modern equipment and trained officers to expand our border protection capacity as well expand the capacity of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).”
Also in their manifesto is a pledge to, “modernise the National Police Service (NPS) air-wing to improve aerial surveillance.”
A pledge to improve on housing for the police and prison warders by constructing 20,000 houses annually and a promise to establish a level 5 National Police Service hospital.
Currently, all police officers are under a medical cover.
The Jubilee government, if re-elected has also promised to equip the newly completed Forensic Laboratory to assist in criminal investigations.
– Importance of a forensic laboratory –
The most important aspects of criminal justice system is forensic science or the practice of scientifically examining physical evidence collected from the scene of a crime or a person of interest in a crime.
A case in point is when human remains are found dumped say in a river and have decayed to the point where they cannot be recognised.
Forensic scientists use DNA from the body, do dental checks and even study the skeletal structure to determine who the person was.
It can also help in identifying the gender as well as the cause of death and whether foul play may have been involved.
Two of the most common crimes that are determined in the forensic science laboratories are drug-related and sex crimes.
It is in the crime lab that the chemical makeup of an unidentified substance recovered from a suspect is determined to be cocaine, marijuana or another controlled substance if at all.
This can be used as evidence in court to prove that a person was in possession of illegal drugs.
Such a laboratory would also be used in an identification process of a cyber-crime culprit as well.
Databases are searched, IP addresses are traced and documents are recovered by computer forensic specialists to determine who was responsible for a certain crime.
The multi-million shilling project is based at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Headquarters, where chemical, biological and ballistic investigations will be carried out.
“The Jubilee government has already delivered improved security, economic stability and jobs. We have expanded access to affordable health care and modernised public services. But we now need to redouble our efforts to build upon the foundations of success,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch of the manifesto.
“The task is not yet complete. The work must continue and should not be derailed. I seek to continue to serve as President of our great country because I have the vision, experience, skills and trust to deliver the stability, continuity and responsible governance that our country needs at this critical moment in our development journey.”