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IG Boinnet urges officers to seek counselling

Sunday May 27 2018


Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet speaks during the Independent Policing Oversight Authority end tem report handover ceremony at Stanley Hotel in Nairobi on May 21, 2018. He wants officers to be counselled. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

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Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has urged officers to seek counselling to cope with various psychological problems.

Mr Boinnet said he is concerned about cases of suicide among police officers.

"Let those in command to be accessible and listen to grievances. Some of these eventualities can be redressed by listening to one another and counselling those below us," Mr Boinnet said in a speech delivered by Mr Paul Wanjama during a thanksgiving service for security officers at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Embu on Sunday.

In the speech, Mr Boinnet observed that some of the problems affecting police officers are caused by minor conflicts that can be resolved easily.

Embu Catholic Bishop Paul Kariuki also urged Kenyans to assist police officers when performing their duties.

"When we face problems, we are quick to question where the police officers are but we fail to commend them when all is well through the efforts of police officers," he noted.