Police reform process kicks off as committees launched

July 2, 2013 7:38 am
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The Inspector General David Kimaiyo on Tuesday presided over the launch of committees that will oversee the implementation of the reforms/FILE
The Inspector General David Kimaiyo on Tuesday presided over the launch of committees that will oversee the implementation of the reforms/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – The Police Service Commission is keenly embarking on changing the face of the police service through a reform process.

The Inspector General David Kimaiyo on Tuesday presided over the launch of committees that will oversee the implementation of the reforms.

Kimaiyo noted that the committees were established so to assist the force and give officers a chance to be responsible for various branches and also give ultimate and best service to the country as each department is given attention.

“The committees will ensure that they put the framework of the reforms in police and also monitor that each branch of the police is pulling its weight when it comes to the reforms.”

Kimaiyo also noted that since the unfortunate post election violence the police faced major opposition as people termed them as rogue and politically biased.

Kenyans were seen to have suffered most in the hands of the police.

“Kenyans need to see a change in the police service as for a long time it has been seen as a biased and unfair. They need to rebuild a good relationship with officers and this can be accomplished if the officers are equipped with proper communication skills that will see harmony between the two parties,” he said.

“Each of the committees needs to work with each channel of communication. Junior Police, civilians and the media need to be reached out to so as to gather information that may go in assisting their endeavours.”

Kimaiyo who was speaking at the launch of various committees spearheading the reforms urged Kenyans to work with the service by reporting crime and rogue police officers as these pose a challenge in ensuring the success of the force and ultimately the country as a whole.

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