NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – A new training programme that seeks to develop the capacity of senior police officers in leadership and management skills was on Thursday unveiled as part of the ongoing police reforms.
The Strategic Leadership Command programme incorporates international standards and has been introduced in conjunction with Kenyatta University and the British High Commission in Kenya.
National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi who presided over the launch at the Senior Police Training College, Loresho said the programme is set to help the service initiate home-grown solutions in combating crime and corruption.
Kavuludi expressed optimism that the programme will further help police “deal with the unique security challenges in our country and come up with the best plans to address them.”
It is expected that the focus on international best practices and approaches in policing will enhance the aptitude of officers to change with the environment in order to meet stakeholder expectations.
“This programme is important as it comes at a critical time when the police service is making a transition from a force to a service and when the country is faced with a serious threat of terrorism,” he noted.
“Efficiency, effectiveness, zero tolerance to corruption and public trust are paramount if the police service is to succeed in executing its mandate of maintaining law and order as well as protecting lives and property.”
The one-year programme will culminate in award of Diplomas and Master’s Degrees in policing and will include compulsory practical aspects to complement academic studies with the first batch of 24 senior officers.
Kavuludi said the police service must work to restore public trust in a bid to get crucial information that may help curb incidences of crime.
“I say this because with public trust and confidence, some of the challenges we are facing today would not be difficult to manage. Terrorists lives among us and interact with society freely,” he pointed out.
Kavuludi however insisted that even with these efforts being put in place, corruption remains a major hurdle.
“There are cases where crucial information is given but no action is taken because the police have been compromised. Stories abound of how people are arrested and later released or goods impounded and released in unclear circumstances,” he complained.
“Terrorists have thrived in this country partly due to corruption. They cross the border at will and buy their freedom when arrested. This must stop.”
Acting Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi warned officers against engaging in corruption saying the programme will help eradicate the vice in the police service.