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Lack of space forces OCPD to work from his vehicle

11 September 2013, 15:00 Dareel Eric

Vihiga County police commandant Sarah Duncan has raised concerns over the poor police facilities in the region.

Duncan said that some of her officers who were deployed to some constituencies in the County do not have an office space to operate from prompting them to operate from their vehicles.

“Sabatia OCPD doesn’t have an office because the police station at Mudete market place is a rental facility which does not have much space. In fact, the entire police force is not comfortable at the facility,” Duncan told The Standard.

The officer said that many of the police force officers in the region were living in dilapidated state because they have been neglected for long.

Mudete police station was started by the locals when crime levels had soared in the region, and they opted to rent a building which they collectively paid for.

After the police settled in the region fully, the residents slowly withdrew from paying rent leaving the facility to the police; it has seldom been renovated.

Duncan further pledged to work hard to bring the issue to the central government's attention.

“All over the County, I have checked and found that the police force has been thoroughly neglected. We have to stop this mentality by focusing on how we can improve it,” she said.

The entire County has five major police stations at Vihiga, Mbale, Luanda, Serem and Mudete which are underdeveloped and in need of serious renovations.

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