NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – The National Police Service has introduced an internal reporting system where the public can anonymously complain against rogue officers.
The system under the Internal Affairs Unit is known as the Anonymous Reporting Information System.
Under the system, Kenyans can send a toll-free message on 40683 or call 0800721230 after which they will be provided with a tracking code for their complaints.
Internal Affairs Unit Director Charlton Murithi says one can also download the Anonymous Reporting Information System application on their Android phones.
“Our vision is to establish an internationally credible Internal Affairs Unit,” he said.
This was made public during the launch of the Internal Affairs Unit new offices at the KCB Towers in Upper Hill.
Human rights groups led by Transparency International Kenya and IMLU boss Peter Kiama have been pushing for the move which they say will guarantee impartial investigations over a complaint amongst police officers or from the public.
The unit is tasked to promote the highest standards of professionalism and discipline, prevent corruption and promote transparency and accountability and comply with constitutional standards of Human rights and fundamental freedoms.
It is also supposed to promote high standards of competence, integrity and respect for fundamental human rights as well as foster and promote relationships with the society.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said the overall objective of setting up this unit is for the restoration and the building of confidence and trust in the National Police Service.
The Internal Affairs Division is responsible for among other things, investigating all allegations of serious misconduct and corruption involving all sworn members of the department, as well as complaints and incidents involving all non-sworn members.
It deals with cases of indiscipline, including corruption, police misconduct within the police service either raised by an officer or members of the public.