Malindi District Officer Josephine Njenga called on police officers to avoid being corrupt by rejecting bribes during their duties in order to wash out the perception that the force is corrupt.
She said police officers should focus on working hard to waive the feeling by general public that they are corrupt by rejecting to receive bribes.
“There has been a perception that police force is bad because of being caught in corrupt deals but you should be working hard to clear it out by rejecting bribes every time you are given,” she noted adding that bribe is among other challenges that police officers face when delivering their duties.
Addressing congregation on Saturday during a joint international prayers and thanks giving service for the uniformed disciplined officers and their families at St. Anthony Catholic Cathedral Church in Malindi DO Njenga encouraged the officers to remain alert as criminal’s changes tactics all the time.
Many times officers, she said have been blamed for mistakes they have not involved in and so the only solution to such challenges in their job she added was worship and believing in God.
She was optimism that God will help the officers in their duties when they believe and worship Him.
“You must know that criminals changes their tactic every time so there is a need of you being alert all the time whether on duty or not,” she urged.
Njenga also called on the force to regard themselves as heroes as they deliver their duties since they play a significant role o safeguarding Kenyans regardless to environmental conditions.
Moreover she noted unity amongst all forces will assist them and make their job easier.
“Many people and especially children learns a lot from you because they regard you as heroes who can face anything so don’t despise yourself,” she asserted.
She called on cooperation between police force and members of public noting that since introduction of community policing police officers have been working smoothly.
“Introduction of community policing has assisted police because their work was eased and so members of public you should cooperate with police as you play an important role of giving information in the society,” she appealed.
Njenga also urged members of public to volunteer information to police in case they are needed since they will not be arrested or identified.
Representative from the office of Police commissioner Mathew Iteere SP Zipora Waweru called on Kenyans to pray also for officers in Somali and other nations delivering their duties.
She asked officers to be alert every time and assume there is danger ahead as they deliver their duties to Kenyans.
Waweru warned officers failing to arrest drug abuse traffickers that their children and relatives may in futures fall pray to the menace expressing the important of arresting suspects according to the law.
“If today to cover up a suspect and especially the drug dealers tomorrow your child will fall pray to them,” she warned.
During the service Principal Chaplain Father Peter Kimani urged senior police officers to assist their juniors in recovering from traumatized incidents after operations.
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