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Police vetting ordered to nab rogue officers

Nairobians should expect a more disciplined and dedicated police force in the next 100 days.

Serving policemen will be vetted while their colleagues who left service for one reason or another will be traced to establish what they are currently involved in.

This is in response to worrying reports and suspicion that many of the crimes being witnessed in Nairobi were being carried out with the support of rogue policemen.

But the residents have a role to play as they will be required to actively assist the police in tackling organised crime and other vices committed in their neighbourhoods.

These were some of the key resolutions arrived at a meeting between Internal Security Secretary Joseph ole Lenku at a meeting with police chiefs in the county at the Kenya School of Government in Kabete.

The meeting came in the wake of a wave of killings, the latest of which was last Sunday’s murder of Patrick John Richer, an Australian national in Runda.

The most worrying aspects of the unfolding trends in crime has been the involvement of rogue policemen, a situation that has prompted the government to vet the law enforcers.

“The measures would include the marking and profiling of ex-police officers amongst other targeted at combating organised crime and terrorism, cattle rustling, and theft of transit goods,” Mr Lenku said during the event which doubled up as the launch of the 100 day rapid response Initiative.
Regarding the vetting of the police officers, Mr Lenku said that the exercise would begin soon. “There is no turning back about the expected vetting and officers should be ready for it,” he said.