6 major changes Boinnet has made in the police force

Major changes in four years

Outgoing Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet (Twitter)

Outgoing Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Monday released a statement outlining major changes in the National Police Service in the past four years.

The statement that was titled "A New Dawn" elaborated on the 6 major changes and transformations that will be attributed to his regime.

The statement begun with outlining measures that have made the police force more friendly to civilians.

"For the first time in the history of policing, we have established an open door policy where members of the public, civil society organizations, faith based organizations and constitutional oversight bodies among other organizations can interrogate the manner in which we discharge our mandate at every level of policing," the statement outlined.

Improved living and working conditions for Kenya Police

Other transformations attributed to the outgoing IG include improved living & working conditions for the staff, the Police Modernization Programme and the development of a new training curriculum for police recruits.

"In the new order, every Police Officer is set to earn a commuter and house allowances commensurate to their job groups, clustered in the jurisdictions in which they’re posted.

"Through the Police Modernization Programme aimed at ensuring that the National Police Service responds to modern-day 21st century security challenges, the service has in the last few years embarked on a massive investment in the tools and equipment that officers use in execution of their mandate.

"Development of a new recruits training curriculum is also another milestone that hasn't been an easy undertaking. The curriculum aimed at imparting Police Officers with modern skills in dealing with the ever changing security dynamics came at the opportune moment," the statement further outlined.

Another reform at the police service that will be attributed to the IG is the reorganization of the command structure which is aimed at reducing duplication of duties.

"Reorganization of the National Police Service Command structure to avoid duplication of duties, change of the General Duty Police uniforms to a more friendlier deep blue shade as well as rebranding and renaming of Police Training institutions all aimed at making the service more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Kenyans," Boinnet outlined.

He also hailed the Police Open Week initiated to showcase the force's service delivery to Kenyans.

Finally, the IG conveyed an optimistic outlook for the force following his upcoming departure form the helm of its command.

IG Boinnet's tenure in office ended on Monday with President Uhuru Kenyatta scheduled to appoint a new nominee for the office within 14 days from Tuesday.

Among those said to be considered for the position are DCI boss George Kinoti, Police Spokesman Charles Owino, Gabow, Former National Counter Terrorism Centre Director Isaac Ochieng, General Service Unit Commandant Douglas Kanja, Director of Corporate Communications Charles Owino and the Police Training College Commandant Kingóri Mwangi.

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