Police service launches project to reduce officer suicides
Shot himselfEdwin Wesonga, a constable, shot himself dead last Thursday at Malka-Ruka police camp in Banisa, Mandera. In Tala, Machakos, Andrew Kiplimo, also a constable, and who was reported to have been on treatment for depression, hanged himself. Mutyambai asked officers to seek help instead of opting for suicide. “Talk to your friends, colleagues, relatives and anyone that can help solve an issue that may be disturbing you. Male officers are the most affected because they don't talk. They need to open up,” he said.
SEE ALSO :How heart break drove girl to suicideThe programme follows a study NPS has done to establish possible causes of suicide among officers. National Police Service Commission CEO Joe Onyango said they were keen to understand causes of stress that drove officers to suicide. “Among other things, we will focus on what should be done before police officers are transferred to hotspots and see the interventions we can make before officers are integrated with their colleagues," said Onyango. Police authorities, in 2016, received a report on the causes of shootings by police officers targeting their colleagues.