Police officers follow proceedings during their course opening ceremony at Mombasa Campus.

CATHERINE KATEE

A trained officer is a great asset to  both the service and the nation. Training empowers officers to make quick and logical decisions when dealing with complex tasks that their work entails. These are the views expressed by the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Mr. Joseph Boinett in a speech was read on his behalf by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Mr. Boniface Nzioki.

This was during the official opening of the Administration Police Officers Middle Management Course No. 9 and Police Officers Middle Management Courses No.38 and No.39 at the School’s Mombasa Campus.  Mr. Boinett expressed to the nearly 100 participants that training is a key element in the ongoing police reforms. “The establishment of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and Internal Affairs Unit are preemptive steps in ensuring that the Service is held accountable for their actions,” the IGs speech read in part.  The IG reaffirmed the officers that the department was dealing with insecurity in a comprehensive manner by conducting proactive and sustained operations, involvement of the local population in community policing initiatives and the establishment of the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ project. He assured the officers of his full support in their duty to protect Kenya and Kenyans.

Mombasa Campus Director Mr. Alfonso Munyali, reiterated that the three months of training ahead of them provided an opportunity to learn new ways and ideas to address security issues in the country.   Mr. Munyali, who has moved to court to  protest his redeployment and the appointment of a new director to the Campus Dr. Tom Wanyama told the officers that the break from routine matters is an opportunity to reflect, discuss and address the changed landscape of Governance as dictated by the new Constitution, an empowered citizenry and devolution.  The embattled Campus Director, appreciated the department for ensuring female officers were well represented in the three programs and the School was privileged to have a remarkable partnership with the Police Service.