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Inadequate number of police fueling crime in Kenya

30 January 2014, 17:21

Nairobi - A security affairs expert has blamed the insecurity in the country on the big ratio of the officers to the country's growing population.

George Musamali, said that the number of police officers providing service to the citizens was small compared to the population of the entire country.

He said subsequently, there was a lapse in concentration among the police much to the prevalence of terror.

“We need to have a police service that is ready to serve. In terms of manpower, we do not have enough boots on the ground.  We are talking of about 44 million people being policed by 80,000 policemen or so,” said Musamali.

Nonetheless, Musamali called upon the officers in service to dedicate themselves fully to the service and further noted that more needs to be done in terms of boosting security as effective policing alone proved ineffective.

“Effective policing alone will not rid us crime in the country,” added Musamali.

There has been a surge in crime incidences in the country a situation that security agencies blame on poverty and drug abuse.

Rampant crimes in the country range from hijacking, robbery, kidnapping and gender-based violence among others.

Last year, the police reactivated their emergency number, 999, in a bid to curb insecurity in the country and ease their response to emergencies.

– CAJ News


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