By Jude Titus
Independent Policing Oversight Authority [IPOA] has recognised and awarded 46 police officers who have been performing exemplary well in their duty.
The Outstanding Police Service Awards [OPSA] was initiated by IPOA and other partners to increase the trust and credibility of the police service.
The awards saw eight police stations across the nation awarded for cleanliness, best detention stations and for excelling in community policing. The best detention awards went to Bura, Hola and Mogotio police stations.
Others included Menengai, Kendu Bay and Othaya stations which were feted for order and cleanliness while Athi River and Luanda police facilities emerged best in community policing.
Partners that came up with the OPSA included; IPOA, the National Police Service, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights [KNHCR] and the Rotary Club of Nairobi among several others that realized the dire need to fete outstanding men and women in uniform that keep law and order in the country.
According to security pundits, the police service in the recent past lacked professionalism, transparency and accountability in areas of command, control and in oversight mechanism.
In the wake of the awards, the Government has said there are more than 600, 000 illegal firearms doing rounds in the country.
‘‘It is estimated that there are between 580, 000 to 650, 000 illicit arms circulating in the country which have been used to perpetuate conflicts. Disarmament initiatives by the Government in the affected areas have not yielded the desired results,’’ indicated The Annual State of the National Security Report to Parliament.
The illegal arms mostly circulate within the pastoralists communities in Kenya because insecurity is rife in such areas.