Ruto urges new police officers to respect policing laws
Kenyan president William Ruto has urged police officers to work within the confines of the law while discharging their duties to Kenyans.
Ruto made the remarks in his speech at the passing out parade for 2,881 officers at Kiganjo Police College, Nyeri County.
“It is important that beyond the Police Standing Orders, Criminal Procedure, Penal Code, and the Constitution, you also acquaint yourself thoroughly with the national values and principles of governance set out in Article 10 of the Constitution,” the president said.
“This way, you will remain ever conscious of our commitment to deliver a new citizen centric, service oriented and human rights respecting policing and security paradigm that keeps the Republic of Kenya and its people safe without sacrificing their rights and freedoms,” he added.
Ruto took the opportunity to reiterate his administration’s desire to reform the police force to a modern, professional and efficient police service to protect the lives and property of Kenyans.
He pledged once again to ensure his administration delivers on its promises to the National Police Service, which include improving the welfare of the country’s police officers.
“To optimize the crime-solving capabilities of a modern, professional and efficient police service, the government is enhancing its investment in the National Forensic Laboratory to ensure that it has the necessary modern equipment and facilities to conclude complex investigations and significantly improve the success rate in supporting the prosecution of criminals,” said Ruto.
The president also took the opportunity to highlight some of the promises that his administration has already kept, including giving the National Police Service financial autonomy and establishing the Police and Prisons Services Reforms Task Force.
Missing Voices congratulates the 2,881 police constables that have made it into the police force.
We want to reiterate President Ruto’s call to them to always respect the Constitution while delivering their duties.
We hope they can be true faces in Kenya’s quest for a lawful police service that respects human rights while protecting all Kenyans.
As the president rightly said, the officers need to keep themselves acquainted with the Police Standing Orders, Criminal Procedure and the Penal Code.
We hope they can be an admirable force that helps the country eradicate enforced disappearances and police killings, vices that have muddied the reputation of the Service which they officially joined on Monday.