Police response to crime gets impetus

January 22, 2014 2:19 pm
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Under the new programme dubbed 'Usalama ni Jukumu Langu', Lenku said that police will use a participatory approach in dealing with security issues in the country to enhance how they respond to various situations/FILE
Under the new programme dubbed ‘Usalama ni Jukumu Langu’, Lenku said that police will use a participatory approach in dealing with security issues in the country to enhance how they respond to various situations/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 22 – The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku has launch a fresh Rapid Results initiative for his docket, during which officers are to implement programmes to boost the relationship between the police and the public.

Under the new programme dubbed ‘Usalama ni Jukumu Langu’, Lenku said that police will use a participatory approach in dealing with security issues in the country to enhance how they respond to various situations.

“I am confident that within the next 100 days, we shall all be proud of a country that is safe to live in, safe for our tourists to come to and an investment destination for thousands of world investors,” he stated.

“Guaranteeing security of the individual and property is one of the foundations of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Constitution. Therefore, as we embark on the implementation of this wave of RRI, we must take cognisance of the fact; safety and security are vital enablers of the country’s political, social and economic development.”

He said the RRI was an “innovative results focused tool adopted by the government to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery. The tool has been successful in improving performance in service delivery.”

As crime continues to evolve, he said the security sector was going to apply the new tool, “to improve security in the country.”

Among the targets by the government during the period, is to reduce crime, enhance accountability in the provision of security services, elimination of poaching menace and promoting peaceful coexistence among communities.

Other security initiatives by the security docket include a police website dubbed Usalama Watch that acts as a safe link between the members of the public and the police service in providing information.

The Usalama Watch portal provides a platform where one can upload a photo or a video that can assist security officers curb an imminent security threat.

The website was set with an aim of bringing a participatory platform for the public in security noting that police alone cannot deliver without the support of the citizens.

Lenku had launched another initiative on November 19 during which he had pledged major security plans were going to be put in place to ensure the country is safe more so during the festive season.

He said a report of that initiative will be released soon.

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