Digital Systems to Reshape Kenya's Police Force

  • Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
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  • Technology plays a huge role in realizing the government's key objectives in every sector to ensure that the digital benefits become every Kenyan's reality.

    On October 16, various youths showcased software solutions to President Uhuru Kenyatta in Taita Taveta County which heavily leaned towards addressing the policing gaps.

    Once implemented, a paradigm shift will be seen as Kenya will have a radically transformed security landscape.

    Security operations will be targeted and investigations largely informed by data. 

    An example of such system set to drive this initiative is Faini telecommunications system.

    This system automates the process of booking offenders for minor misdeeds. According to its developers, the system's objective is to promote accountability for the revenue collected from fines.

    The police will also use the system to identify prevalent offences and come up with mitigation measures.

    The developers also pointed out that police officers will be able to identify repeat offenders thus offering a reprieve especially to matatu Saccos who have been on the receiving end.

    “There will be no need of banning an entire Sacco from the roads on account of one matatu driver. Using Faini, police will go after the specific driver,”  the software developers said.

    Faini is linked to a digital Occurrence Book (OB) which is already in use in some police stations and has restructured the manner in which incident reports are filed.

    Police officers pictured at a scene of a crime as residents look on.
    Police officers pictured at a scene of a crime as residents look on.
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    Once the system is operational, officers will be issued with gadgets to access the OB from any geographical location.

    The system will require the police officers to be equipped with mobile devices. Once the police enters the login details, Faini will bring up the offence, the section it falls under in law, and the fine it attracts.

    A verification message containing a code will be sent to the offender who has to share it with the officer so that the booking can be completed.

    The developers assured President Kenyatta that the system will be a huge step in the security sector towards reinforcing policies as well as easing the process taken in terms of police operations.

    Police officers and citizens pictured outside Kasarani Police Station. Naomi Theuri reported that her father was missing at the station on May 18,2020.
    Police officers and citizens pictured outside Kasarani Police Station. Naomi Theuri reported that her father was missing at the station on May 18, 2020.
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