OCS Arrests Colleagues Over Missing OB Book

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    Police officers on duty at a police station in Kenya
  • An officer commanding a police station (OCS) in Kiambu threw two of his colleagues into jail over a missing occurrence book (OB). 

    The incident occurred at Githunguri Police Station on Wednesday, May 12 at 10:35 pm. 

    A duty police officer at the station alerted the OCS that his efforts to trace the OB were futile, adding that the cell sentry and report office personnel were at pains to explain the loss.

    "The OCS ordered another search to be conducted at the station and the entire premise but the search was fruitless. 

    A suspect in handcuffs
    A suspect in handcuffs

    "This prompted the OCS to detain them in the cells as investigations into the matter commenced," a report filed at the police station read. 

    It was not ascertained whether the officers were responsible for the loss of the manual occurrence book.

    In August 2020, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i presided over the launch of a digital OB. He was flanked by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.

    Officers at Kasarani and Buru Buru police stations were directed to key in public complaints electronically and also issue OB reports electronically. 

    Once fully implemented countrywide, OCSs will be required to assign cases electronically and use the system to monitor cases and the performance of their officers by simply logging in. Police officers will also take photos of suspects and file their information too. 

    The digital OB also entails details of police officers, their working shifts and leaves. Through it the IG monitors all cases and follows the proceedings filed by investigating officers. 

    "This new system will end corruption and enhance our approach to security matters," CS Matiang'i stated. 

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i speaks with DPP Noordin Haji during the graduation ceremony of 46 prosecutors at the Prosecutor Training Institute in Loresho, Nairobi in March 2021
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