Nairobi Kanjos to Get Police Training in Kiganjo

County askaris during a patrol
  • The Nairobi County Government has joined forces with the National Police Service to offer training to more than 1,000 of its inspectorate officers commonly known as Kanjos.

    The officers are undergoing four months of training in Kiganjo Police Training College and at the Administration Police Training College Embakasi.

    The training will benefit enforcement officers and traffic marshals and is targeted towards introducing a new culture of professional integrity and discipline into the unit.

    At the end of the training, the officers will be mandated to patrol city streets.

    County askaris during a patrol
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    Similarly, City Hall is betting on a name change for the inspectorate officers in a bid to restore the damaged reputation of its employees. 

    As part of the reforms for the unit, the county inspectorate officers (kanjo) will be known as county constables.The rebranding will also the officers get new uniforms.

    According to City Hall Security and Compliance Chief Officer Mark Leleruk, the move will assist in professionalizing the department which has continuously been plagued with a bad reputation.

    “We need to professionalize the sector. We are equally embarrassed. The level of professionalism is low; we admit it. 

    ”We need to replace the current titles and call them constables and other respectable titles,†said Dr Leleruk.

    The changes came at a time when the inspectorate department has faced negative publicity after some officers were recently involved in an altercation with an ACK senior clergyman two weeks ago.

    Traffic police during a patrol
    Traffic police during a patrol
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM