KENYA: A partnership between the National Police Service (NPS) and Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will see the country establish its first police leadership training academy in Ngong.
The academy set to be completed at a cost of Sh1 billion will be opened to the first cohort on January 3, 2022 and is part of ongoing police reforms aimed at professionalising the service that has in recent times being dogged by cases of officers behaving badly.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recognised that though rogue elements exist among the police force, a majority of officers are still serving diligently, ensuring that Kenyans co-exist peacefully.
He said the academy is part of his government’s transformative agenda that seeks to support officers meet the evolving needs of the police service by strengthening their leadership capabilities and promoting research that will in turn help them to manage crime and serve the public better.
“Since the reforms began, we have improved the funding of the police sub -sector twice and significantly promoted their welfare. This can be seen through their enhanced mobility, where currently there are over 3,000 vehicles in use countrywide courtesy of the leasing programme,” said Mr Kenyatta.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i termed the partnership between CBK and NPS a good example of how different government institutions can come together to enhance synergy and service delivery.
“50 per cent of all the projects within the NPS begun in 2013 and have transformed the service almost in totality under the leadership of the President,” said Dr Matiang’i.
CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge said the project will be completed in time and will be constructed by local experts using local materials and labour.
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