President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday 1st March 2016 directed 10,000 more police officers be recruit and enrolled into the police training colleges.
The president was speaking when he presided over the passing out parade of 1,976 General Service Unit recruits at the GSU Training School, Embakasi.
President Kenyatta said a new batch of recruits is much needed to enable the country achieve the minimum of UN police-population ratio of 1:430 and to secure the country.
The head of state promised better police equipment as they go about their duties of securing the nation.
The Ministry of Interior has been tasked with hard work of commissioning the construction of new houses for our police service. Already over 2000 units have been developed, and rented many more, the president added.
He called on the police to perform their duties as expected saying the country’s future depends on how they will articulate their duties.
Recently, the government acquired Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) for the police and five new helicopters will be delivered by June 2016 to bolster efficiency while on assignments.
The National Police Service is also refurbishing two MI-17 helicopters to improve police ability to quickly move troops to any trouble spot and generally improve their mobility.
Kenya’s National Police, both Administration Police and Regular Police airwing currently has 14 aircrafts. Six fixed wing and eight helicopters that used provide air support to ground police forces including tactical reconnaissance.