NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has commended the Police Service for building a positive image amid distrust from members of the public.
Commission Chairperson Johnston Kavuludi says Kenyan police officers have delivered the best they can albeit low confidence levels from the people they serve.
“Policing the world over is known to have very serious challenges even in the developed world including a hostile public whom they’re expected to serve. Our security officers have managed to overcome the challenges,” Kavuludi said during this the Outstanding Police Service Awards 2016/17 ceremony held in Nairobi on Friday.
According to Kavuludi, the inclusion of people from various professional backgrounds in the police service since the promulgation of the constitution in 2010 has given the security organ the much needed boast hence enhancing its efficiency.
He noted that the increasing number of people seeking to have themselves enlisted in the service was an indication of the changing image of what used to be a police force, now a service.
“Our officers realistically if you’re to carry out an evaluation that is sincere are rated among the best internationally. We have seen great transformation of the police service and in saying they are among the best most qualified police officers, I am not overstating it,” Kavuludi said.
Kavuludi’s sentiments came even as the Interior Cabinet Secretary General (Retired) Joseph Nkaissery warned rogue officers against molesting innocent Kenyans.
In his remarks during the function, the CS called upon members of the NPS to discharge their mandate with equity and fairness.
The men and women in disciplined forces Nkaissery said should have the moral courage to resist all attempts by those who want to contravene the law.
“I know you’re very courageous people but I do not believe in the physical courage only, I believe in the moral courage. I expect you to be people of integrity who will stand for what is right at all times. Be people of discipline who will render services to society. You are not there to infringe of their rights,” he said.
Nkaissery said the police service will not hesitate to crack the whip on officers who breach the code of ethics advising such elements to either shape up or ship out.
“Occasionally we have some of our own officers who get overzealous in the performance of their duties and harm citizen,” noted Nkaissery.
“The issue of human rights is a factor which gives a bad image to the police so equally as we reward good performance, those who don’t measure up to our standards we are going to kick you out,” he warned.
During the ceremony, Deputy Inspector General NPS (Regular Police) Joel Kitili called upon the men and women in uniform to celebrate those who won the awards adding that the awards were a reflection of improving service delivery.
He urged the service men and women to take a cue from the milestones achieved by their colleagues so that Kenyans can enjoy better services.
“In all award systems, not all winners receive awards. It is only a selected few and indeed all good officers are winners,” he said.
During the fete, a total of 15 posthumous awards were given out, the overall winner being Anthony Mwangi Njoroge who was attached to Sykimau Police Post in Machakos where was killed by a gang of robbers.
Others in the posthumous category were Japheth Mwadime and Moses Injehu, the former succumbing after being ambushed by bandits in a farm in Laikipia while the latter succumbed to bullet wounds after being attacked by al Shabaab while on a special operation in a KDF base at Hulugho.
Also awarded were officers who emerged top in the Extra-Mile,Best Human Rights Officer,Best Facility in Community Policing, Best Detention/Holding Facilities, Best Facilities in Orderliness and Cleanliness, and Best Individual Police Officer for both male and female categories.
Francis Kogei of the Kitui Central CID and Nancy Mirasi of Kibra AP Nairobi Sub-county won the Best Male and Female Individual Police Officers respectively.
Lumakanda Police Station (Kakamega), Buruburu and Parklands Police Stations in Nairobi and Nandi Hills Police Station in Nandi county were awarded best detention/holding facilities.
Mayoni AP Camp in Kakamega, Butere Police Station in Kakamega, Athi River in Machakos and Nandi Hills in Nandi county emerged top in the Best Community Policing category.
The Best In Orderliness and Cleanliness category also went to Kakamega AP Dispensary, Athi River police station and Port police station in Mombasa.