Last week, the KEPSA Security Sector Board led by KEPSA Chairman Mr. Vimal Shah held a meeting with the Inspector General (IG) of Police David Kimaiyo at his office- Old Jogoo House where he assured the private sector of improved security in the country.
Speaking during the meeting, the IG said that the Police will continue with the ongoing swoop until all criminals and illegal immigrants are eliminated in the Country. He called on the private sector to support his work so as to improve and provide a conducive environment for doing business Kenya.
The KEPSA chair renewed KEPSA’s commitment and willingness to partner and cooperate with the police in the fight against crime. He said the installation of CCCTV cameras in private building as the private sector is a good example of partnership against fighting crime. In addition, he said that for a country to move towards a 24hour economy, security concerns have to be addressed as they have been cited by the private sector to be one of the hindrances to its operationalization.
KEPSA members who were present pledged their support and commended the IG for fast-tracking the Private Security Regulation Bill, 2014 which has already been forwarded to Parliament for enactment. They said they will be meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on National Security in order to enrich the Bill and ensure private security sector is well regulated.
Mr. Kimaiyo commended the County Governments for their support in strengthening the police at the County Level. He noted that almost all Governors have bought vehicles for police use in the County which has gone a long way in facilitating their mobility. He also informed members that the 24hour call center receives an average of 38,000 calls daily most of which are acted upon. He called for more cooperation in sharing information in order to reduce crime. Also to note, the IG said the Nyumba Kumi initiative a part of the wider Community policing will be rolled out in all areas starting with those areas where the swoops are currently been carried out.
During the meeting it was agreed that three working committees be formed between KEPSA and his office which will implement decisions of the forum at the technical level. He promised to second his senior staff to facilitate the working of the committee. The proposed committees include: Policy and Legislation; Traffic and Enforcement.
It was also agreed that a similar meeting be held after every three months.