New Inspector Of General Police Japhet Koome Takes Over

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The fourth Inspector General of the National Police Service (IGP), Japheth Koome, today will be sworn into office at the Supreme Court in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Martha Koome.

Upon his swearing-in, Koome shall take over the leadership mantle of the National Police Service as the 4th Inspector General of Police from Noor Gabow, who has been the IGP in an acting capacity. This followed the retirement of Hilary Mutyambai on health grounds, as announced by His Excellency President William Ruto, on September 27, 2022.

Mutyambai, who prior to his appointment served at the National Intelligence Service, had taken over from retired IGP Joseph Kipchirchir Boinnet, a former senior intelligence officer, who completed his term and handed over office on April 4, 2019.

Japheth Koome has served in the police service for the last 31 years, having been enlisted in the then Kenya Police Force in 1991 as a Police Constable. This is after graduating from the University of Nairobi in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Koome developed a passion for police work while still a Kagumo high school student. In form five, he would visit Kenya Police College – Kiganjo twice a week under a programme dubbed Kenya Police Cadet Cops to learn police work.

Upon his graduation at the country's premier police training institution, Koome, was posted to Nairobi, where he performed beats and patrols duties as a police constable before being posted to the Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) in Gilgil, northwest of Nairobi.

While at the unit credited with the recovery of stolen livestock, Koome was promoted from a constable to an Inspector of police; by 1998, he was a gazetted officer at the rank of Superintendent of Police.

With the experience gathered chasing after bandits and cattle rustlers, Koome, was recalled to general duty and posted to the Buru Buru police division, where he was the deputy divisional commander. He also served as the OCPD Machakos, Maragua, Buru Buru, and Central in Nairobi, where he dealt with armed criminal gangs in Nairobi's Eastlands and bank robbers who had taken the city by storm.

He also spearheaded the police housing and modernization programme, where dilapidated police structures across various police stations in the country left behind by colonialists were replaced with modest buildings giving the service a new face.

He served as planning director for ten years and oversaw major reforms in the thorny issue of police housing and infrastructure development.

Recently, Koome served as the Nairobi police boss, the principal assistant to the Deputy Inspector General at Vigilance house, and the Commandant of National Police College Main Campus-Kiganjo.

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