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Machakos boosts cops in fight against terror

19 June 2014, 11:35

Machakos - The Machakos County government has distributed communication gadgets to police in a bid to enhance security operations in the county amid rising terror.

The gadgets include 250 walkie talkies, 23 laptops, nine signal transmitters and nine radio base control units.

Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua, highlighted the importance of adequately equipping the police.

 “We want to continue supporting what Uhuru Kenyatta’s Government is doing. Security is both a national and local problem and we all have to play our part,” he said.

The distribution of the communication gadgets are part of a programme by Machakos County to make Machakos secure for residents, visitors and investors.

The County has provided 120 police cars and has already installed 500 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and set-up five control centres in the county.

“Today, if you call for a police car and ambulance, anywhere in the county, it will take between five and eight 8 minutes for Police to arrive,” added Mutua.

Acknowledging the importance of efficient communication in preventing and fighting crime, Machakos County Police Commander, Gedion Amalla,  praised the governor’s efforts, empowerment and passion to help the force work efficiently.

He assured Machakos residents of his officers’ commitment to protect them.

Deputy County Commissioner, Machakos Sub-County, George Onyango, assured the public police would go beyond the call of duty to rid the county of crime.

Meanwhile, Mutua said his administration was committed to provide adequate housing to police.

In next year’s budget, his government has set aside Kshs.200 million for police housing.

“Our Police need to live in decent housing. They put their lives on the line for us,” said Mutua.

 – CAJ News

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