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Govt launches portal to fight terror threats

20 December 2013, 10:15

Nairobi - The government has launched a new online portal dubbed Usalama Watch to help in fighting security threats.

Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security, Joseph Ole Lenku said the website would assist the security apparatus interact with members of the public in dealing with crime.

According to him, the portal works in the traditional spirit of community policing but in a technologically-advanced platform allowing users to post photos or videos of perpetrators of crime.

These can be accessed by police officers who then act on the tips.

“Usalama Watch will utilize social media, data and analytics in order to enhance the security of Kenyans at all times,” said Lenku.

He said it ensured privacy while providing for a platform where stakeholders could engage as a step towards securing the country.

The platform, which is said to be the first of its kind, would serve to complement the existing forms of emergency reporting systems such as telephone numbers 112 and 999.

Lenku said the changing nature of the security challenges that kept evolving over time necessitated the launching of the new platform.

 “As such, our methods and strategies of dealing with these challenges must also evolve," he said.

Insecurity has soared in recent times in the country with an increase in grenade attacks in various places across the country.

The most recent onslaught claimed the lives of six people and injured dozens others.

A warrant of arrest had been issued by the police for the suspect who is said to be out on bond from an earlier terror-related charge.

If fully adopted and implemented, the new technology-based surveillance and reporting platform is expected to lead to a reduction of such crimes in the country.

– CAJ News


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