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The country needs over 200 000 new police officers

25 May 2014, 07:29 Wewe ni Wetu

Nairobi - Kenya needs over 200 000 new police officers to address rising cases of insecurity across the country.

This is according to new statistics released by the force which also indicate that crime in the country had dropped 14 percent in the last two months.

According to the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, the country had 75 000 police officers whose number was dropping by the day.

Kimaiyo said that one Kenya can arrest crime was by recruiting more police officers to man the country.

He however noted that there was need for increased resources towards the police force so as to deal with crime and criminals.

The police boss also noted that the country had over 680 000 illicit arms.

"In Samburu, there are over 10 000 illicit arms and there is need for a countrywide disarmament with the support of the area leaders," he said.

Kimaiyo was speaking in Enashipai Spa and Resort in Naivasha during a meeting with Governors to seek ways of addressing insecurity.

"There is need to modernize the police air wing and amend the weak regime of laws as they are interfering with cases in court," he said.

He said that by July 1, all police officers would have full insurance cover as one way of motivating and protecting them.

"The government has set aside KES 1.6B toward the insurance project and we are working on housing and transport," he said.

On his part, Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku expressed concern over the increasing border conflict between counties.

Lenku said that the rising cases were worrying adding that the governors should be in the forefront of resolving them.

Ole Lenku challenged governors to join in the fight against illicit brews and insecurity as this had affected development.

He at the same time, he said that the central government was committed to working with county governments to address the rising cases of insecurity.

He noted that the private security bill had already been approved by the cabinet and was awaiting parliament approval.

Ole Lenku termed insecurity as a global phenomenal noting that it was impacting negatively on development of the country.

On his part, the chair of the council of governors Isaac Ruttto said there was need for more metropolitan police officers in major cities.

He said that governors were ready to work with the national government in addressing insecurity and called for the involvement of the youths in the process.

He supported the presence of KDF in Somalia adding that the country should come up with radical ways of addressing crime.

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