• April 16, 2024
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Police May Soon Wear Body Cameras – IG Mutyambai

Police May Soon Wear Body Cameras – IG Mutyambai

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has detailed a number of measures the National Police Service (NPS) is contemplating and some, has implemented so as to ensure proper policing in the country.

While engaging members of the public on #EngageTheIG on Monday, September 27, 2021, Mutyambai stated that police officers may soon wear body cameras which will help in the solving of cases.

The IG noted that the a time for deployment of technology for the betterment of policing had come, but will be guided by the availability of the relevant resources.

This if implemented would add Kenya to the list of countries in the world that have adopted smart policing in the protection of citizens.

File image of IG Hillary Mutyambai. |Photo| Courtesy|

Mutyambai further responded to reports of rampant corruption among traffic police officers, assuring that the force is working on measures that will end the vice.

He assured Kenyans that the government is fast tracking on the digitisation of various policing aspects including a digital Occurrence Book (OB) which will be available to all police stations in the country soon.

“This is work in progress and we are in the process of rolling it out countrywide. I am aware that some stations still use books but it’s just a matter of time before we go completely digital” he said.

A netizen questioned the use of notebooks by traffic police officers, alleging that officers were using it to keep record of vehicles which have paid their bribes and which have not.

Mutyambai defended the use of the notebook, stating that for now, it is an important element of record keeping.

“Police notebooks are required for record-keeping. We will do random checks along that road soon. We are also considering legislative changes to address the complaints in the traffic department.

“Body cameras are a good idea subject to the availability of resources,” IG Mutyambai stated.

He assured Kenyans that the force would conduct random inspections to weed out corrupt police officers.

Mutyambai, however, defended the erection of police roadblocks along major highways, noting that they ensure security and safety on the roads.

“This multi-agency road blocks act as screening points to ensure that criminals are held at bay. Mobile patrols have also been added in a bid to bolster security” he emphasized.

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