, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Kenya has surpassed the United Nations recommended police to civilian ratio of 1: 450 with the passing out of 3,980 police recruits on Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
A figure set to improve given, he said, government plans to recruit 10,000 more officers this year.
“A significant achievement when compared to where we were in 2013: that is one policeman or woman, to 1,000 civilians.”
The 10,000, President Kenyatta said, would bring to a total of 40,000 the number of police officers recruited in the last four years.
With the right numbers in the police service, the President said, security will continue to be heightened in all parts of the country, more so in eliminating the threat of terror, which remains real.
The President, who spoke at Kiganjo Police training college in Nyeri, has urged the police to remain true to their calling, saying already the government has invested heavily to improve their welfare as well as upgrading their facilities.
“We remain committed as a government to our police modernisation programme; we have spent a substantial amount of money bringing modern equipment so that our officers can fight crime effectively,” he stated.
“We have new armoured equipment, new planes, new surveillance facilities… all for the purpose of aiding our police officers to effectively do their job of keeping every part of our country safe.”
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on his part said that the Kenya Police Service officers who graduated on Friday will help in boosting security during this electioneering period.