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Police OB to be digitalised

14 May 2013, 18:09 Arap Yego

The fight against run-away crime in parts of Kenya has received a major boost after a civil society lobby group from the policing sub-sector donated computers to selected police stations.

Usalama Forum, a group that is dedicated to making communities safe by working together with police and the community members as well as the key stakeholders, has in the last one month donated computers to over 10 police stations that are situated in different parts of the country.

The computers are installed with software that will help the security agents apply information and communication technology (ICT) in crime research, investigation and police documentation.

Addressing the press at the Kopsiro Police Post in Bungoma County after delivering a desktop computer to the station and taking the officers at the crime desk through an exercise dubbed ‘digital crime clock training’, the Usalama Forum Mt Elgon Constituency Coordinator Collins Ndiwa said police work will now be easy.

“The normal manual crime chart that is drawn by police officers to capture monthly crime trends will be replaced by a digital one that will show weekly trends. It is user friendly and saves time as it generates within itself the charts bearing the scene of crime, time and the weapon used upon entering the victims data,” said Ndiwa.

According to him, the donation is aimed at improving the work of the police crime branch department.  

He said the manual Occurrence Book (OB) will be digitalised as it will be replaced by developed software installed in the gadget.

“Crime analysis will be made easier hence bettering policing services in the area as the data gathered in the gadget can be accessed by   different stakeholders in the security sector,” said Ndiwa.

Cheptais area OCPD Ezekiel Kiche applauded the group for its contribution noting that it will go a long way in helping with the fight against crime especially in the Kopsiro area that previously recorded high insecurity incidences.

“We thank Usalama Forum for partnering with us. Our work will now be easier and we urge like-minded bodies and groups not to hesitate to work with the police,” said Kiche.

Philip Onguje the Usalama Forum National Coordinator said they have identified 12 police stations in the pilot program, out of which 10 have already received the gadgets.

“Ten police stations namely Kopsiro, Bungoma Ugunja, Kapenguria, Pangani, Baragoi - Mtwapa, Kerugoya, Garrisa and Kisii have received the gadgets; Kakuma and Baragoi are yet to receive theirs,”  he said.

Onguje explained that they settled on the selected stations in the first phase of their programme because of the different dynamics of crimes in the areas.

“Through the software developed by Usalama, it will now be possible to digitally have a profile of a criminal including the age, gender and crime committed at the click of a button. The data that is keyed into the system can easily be accessed by different users including the police bosses at the headquarters,” he said.

Onguje expressed optimism that they will spread the programme to all the other police stations in the country and help stem the upsurge of crime.

“With an already overwhelmed police force in the country, digitasing their activities is the only way out. With only a small computer fitted with the system, so much can be done,” said Onguje.

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