The delivery of a safe, secure and peaceful environment took the centre stage at the Inspector General’s Conference where all Regional and County Police Commanders vowed to uphold law and order at all times and more especially before, during and after the 2017 General Elections.
Over 220 Regional and County Commanders of the National Police Service from all counties in the country together with Senior Security Officers from Nairobi who met at a Nairobi hotel, resolved to strengthen working relationship with National Government Administration Officers and other stakeholders to ensure synergy for effective service delivery.
The Conference that was opened by PS Interior Engineer Principal Secretary Dr. Karanja Kibicho and Interior Cabinet Secretary Rtd. Major General Joseph Nkaisery who read a speech on behalf President Uhuru Kenyatta, resolved that, Police Commanders address complaints against the Police promptly and use their firearms justifiably as provided for in the law.
Noting that the 2017 General Elections is attracting unprecedented competitions among political parties and aspirants at both grass root and national level, the Police officers vowed to enforce the law impartiality, firmly and fairly pursuant to Article 245 (4) of the constitution.
The Commanders expressed their determination to develop Regional, County and Sub-County electoral security plans based on the threats and risk assessment reports gathered during the electoral cycle in order to promptly and effectively address any election issue that may arise in their areas of jurisdiction.
Police Officers trained on investigations and prosecution of hate speech offences will be evenly deployed to all parts of the country to promptly deal with cases of incitement and hate speech.
The Commanders also resolved to undertake to improve the image of the National Police Service by preventing corruption, complying with constitutional standards on human rights and fundamental freedoms, promoting police professionalism and fostering relationships with the broader society.
Unnecessary roadblocks will be strictly avoided and commanders expressed their commitment to ensure that roadblocks are erected on need basis and for specific objectives.
The Deputy Inspector General Kenya Police Service Mr. Joel Kitili, his Administration Police Service Counterpart Mr. Samuel Arachi together with the Director of Criminal Investigations Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro who also addressed the Commanders promised to work together as they had done before for a safe and secure country.
The Inspector General of Police Mr. Joseph Boinnet stressed the need for all Police Officers tom strive towards a people centred policing that is effective, efficient and professional service to win the confidence of the public.