Nairobi Police Officers Moved in Mass Transfers

  • Police officers during a parade in December 2019.
    Police officers during a parade in December 2019.
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  • Close to 100 police officers based in Nairobi's Kamukunji, Huruma and Central police stations have been redeployed to other counties.

    In a letter obtained by Kenyans.co.ke, the Officers Commanding Stations (OCS) Kamukunji and Central, were directed to release the police officers whose names had been forwarded to their offices.

    According to the transfer orders, the Deputy Inspector General had approved the deployment of the police officers to other counties.

    The OCSs were also directed to release the officers on time so that they can report to their new stations by November 29, 2021.

    Police officers during a parade in December 2019.
    Police officers during a parade in December 2019.
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    The Central OCS was further directed to release Police Constable Abdi Samid Ibrahim since he was expected to report to Mombasa for duty immediately.

    "Release the officers to report to their new stations by 29th November, 2021. Submit casualty returns on departure and arrival," the letter read in part.

    The transferred cops will be replaced by officers from counties such as Bomet, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Taita Taveta, Kisii, Kisumu and Bungoma.

    The transfers come amid complaints by Nairobi residents over acts of police brutality, graft and indiscipline among the officers in the county.

    In 2020, a survey showed that the county was leading in cases of police brutality. The survey by the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) showed that the brutality was concentrated in 15 out of the 47 counties with Nairobi topping 20 per cent.

    An earlier survey by IPOA blamed the rise of misconduct by police officers on among other issues, poor remuneration, negative public perception and lack of professionalism.

    The survey also cited poor quality recruits-mostly rejects in other careers and poor working conditions characterised by high-stress levels with no psychosocial support services.

    The survey recommended the police have a continuous sensitisation on adherence to the 6th Schedule of the National Police Service (NPS) Act 2011 on the use of force during police operations.

    An undated photo of a police car in Kenya
    An undated photo of a police car in Kenya.
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