, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – The National Police Service on Tuesday launched the refurbishment of all police stations and police lines in the country.
The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet while launching the painting and clean-up programme at the Parklands Police Station, said the move was intended to make police stations habitable.
“The programme will be rolled out in partnership with the prison service and two other security firms in the exercise that will start in eight stations within Nairobi County,” the IG said.
“We have partnered with the private partners in ensuring the officers have a good environment to work in. We invited private partners to come forward and help us making police stations and lines better,” he said.
The programme is set to improve the image of police stations across the country since most of them are in a deplorable condition. Prisons Commissioner General Isaiah Osugo said prisoners will be trained on professional painting before they are deployed to do the work.
The police boss also revealed that a nationwide digitisation of police stations will be launched soon to improve the levels of efficiency.
Through the digitisation programme, Boinnet said all police records will be computerised and police stations connected to the national police command centre at Jogoo House.
“This will enable police from any station connect to the command centre hence respond to issues within their areas of jurisdiction,” he pointed out.
The first phase of the National Security Surveillance, Communication and Control System for Nairobi and Mombasa has since been handed over to the National Police Service.
At least 1,800 high-powered CCTV cameras were rolled out in this stage along with an Integrated Command, Control and Communications Centre (iC3) and an emergency response contact centre that is equipped to receive up to 25,000 calls per day.
Some 7,600 modern communication devices have been handed over to the National Police Service while over 3,000 officers have been trained to build deeper capacity for the next generation of security enforcement in Kenya.
“Our response is set to be improved with the new technology that is being adopted in the police service…everything is set to improve,” Boinnet said.
The new system will be controlled from the Jogoo House command centre from where all police officers can be tracked while undertaking their duties. A total of 7,600 police officers can be served at a go but it will be scaled up to 50,000 officers later on.
The new system is being rolled out by Safaricom in a Sh15 billion tender. The system uses high definition cameras; infra-red camera, box camera and dome cameras.
The dome camera can cover a 360 degree area while the infra-red camera will have ability to capture images in low light areas.
Under the new system there will be clusters formed in which junior officers can address their boss. Every member of the cluster is set to get any ongoing communication.
Other than the Nairobi Central Business District, the CCTV cameras have been fitted along major high ways like the Thika Superhighway at strategic positions.