Kenya To Improve Police Welfare

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The government of Kenya has prioritized the provision of spacious, comfortable, safe, secure and affordable housing for Police officers in the government's affordable housing plan.

This was revealed by President William Ruto on Tuesday when he presided over the passing out parade of 2,881 Police officers at the National Police College Main Campus-Kiganjo, central Kenya.

The Kenyan Head of State said that the Police-Prison reform taskforce established on January 9, 2023, would look into a range of issues affecting police delivery, including the terms and conditions of service of police officers and welfare problems. He said that addressing the housing shortage would go a long way in boosting the morale of police officers.

Regarding healthcare, Ruto noted that the government would provide a comprehensive insurance scheme from this month that would be available to Police officers and their families. In addition, President Ruto said that two fully equipped Police hospitals were already complete and would be soon ready to serve officers and their families to ensure that police have access to priority dedicated and appropriate facilities for physical and mental wellness.

President Ruto also added that the government would be enhancing its investment in the Directorate Criminal Investigations (DCI) National Forensic Laboratory to ensure all the necessary equipment and facilities required to conclude complex investigations and improve the success rate of prosecution were in place.

Meanwhile, to assist the government in the fight against crime, President Ruto noted that the government would be enhancing community policing partnerships to improve police effectiveness and responsiveness to emerging security challenges.

Ruto observed that increasing police numbers alone could not bear the desired results. There was a need to complement numbers with community-based efforts and exploit potential synergy among organizations in the criminal justice system to deliver value for Kenyans.

"The government is committed to facilitate efficient coordination between various agencies in solving problems that call for joint approaches," said President Ruto.

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