Kenya to set up first police leadership training college
A cooperation between the National Police Service (NPS) and the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will see Kenya set up the first training academy for police leadership in Ngong.
The academy, expected to be completed at a cost of Sh1 billion, will be opened on January 3, 2022 to the first cohort and is part of ongoing police reforms aimed at professionalizing the department that has recently been plagued by cases of poor conduct by officers, the Nation Africa reports.
President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledged that while the police force has rogue elements, most officers are still faithfully working, ensuring that Kenyans co-exist peacefully.
He said the academy is part of the transformative strategy of his government that aims to support officers by improving their leadership skills and encouraging research that will help them manage crime and serve the public better by addressing the changing needs of the police service.
“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,” explained Mr Kenyatta.
The relationship between CBK and NPS has been identified by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i as a good example of how various government agencies can come together to strengthen 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.
Governor Patrick Njoroge of CBK said the project would be completed in time and will be designed using local materials and labor by local experts.