Improve quality of life for police officers to increase security

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the immediate recruitment of 10,000 police officers to boost security in the country.

Wednesday March 2 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour at the Embakasi General Service Unit Training College in Nairobi on March 1,2016 during the pass out parade for the new GSU officers. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL |

President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour at the Embakasi General Service Unit Training College in Nairobi on March 1,2016 during the pass out parade for the new GSU officers. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the immediate recruitment of 10,000 police officers to boost security in the country.

This is a good move, which has been anticipated for quite some time.

The officers expected to graduate in February next year, will ensure that for the first time in our history, Kenya has met the United Nations requirement in terms of the number of police officers to the population.

The UN recommends one police officer for every 400 citizens for a country to be policed effectively.

In recent months, 3,971 Administration police officers and an additional 3,933 joined the police force.

As this happens, the government is expected to provide better equipment to ensure that the police officers do their work effectively.

It should also work diligently to ensure that police are well paid to carry out their mandate and to protect them, even as they protect Kenyans.

As the number of police officers increases, housing which has been a major crisis among the officers, will also be a challenge.

Hence the Ministry of Interior has the role of commissioning the construction of new and modern houses for the law and order enforcers.

PETER KARURI, Nyahururu

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