New Police Leadership Academy Launched In Kenya

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President William Ruto on Wednesday launched the National Police Service Leadership Academy in Ngong, southwest of Nairobi.

The academy is envisaged to be a centre of excellence in offering security and policing-related management courses geared towards transforming police management.

Speaking during the ceremony, Ruto said that the government is committed to ensuring that the Police service is professionalized to fully deliver on its mandate of offering public safety and security services to Kenyans, adding that the academy would play a critical role in the professionalization of the security agency.

President Ruto also said that the government would accelerate its efforts to better the working conditions of police officers. He announced that he had appointed a taskforce to identify the areas that needed to be addressed to seal the existing gaps in the service.

The Kenyan Head of State also assured of his support and that of the government to the Inspector General and all the commanders across the country in ensuring that they deliver on their mandate.

At the same time, President Ruto reminded security officers that their cardinal responsibility was securing the lives and property of Kenyans as this would ensure stability, resulting in development.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who was also present during the launch, observed that the leadership Academy couldn't have come at a better time, as it would impart useful leadership skills to police commanders to boost service delivery in the police service.

In his remarks during the ceremony, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Japhet Koome, appreciated the critical role that the Academy would play in creating an environment where police training and academic research would be combined to ensure professionalism in the service.

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