Policing services to receive Sh5 billion more for operations

Police on parade during visit by CS Fred Matiangi Ministry of Internal Security and Coordination of National Government in the spirit of sharing Christmas with Kayole police officers in Embakasi Central Sub County. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The National Police Service (NPS) has been allocated Sh100.3 billion in this year's budget, an increase from the Sh95.2 billion it received in the last financial year.

Of the total allocation, Kenya Police will receive Sh46.6 billion which is less by Sh2 billion what it received last year.

The Administration Police Service has had its allocation increased from Sh30.6 billion in the 2018/2019 Financial Year to Sh37.1 billion in the current financial year.

Another NPS department - the Directorate of Criminal Investigations - has received Sh7.1 billion. General Service Unit has been allocated Sh9.5 billion, Government Chemist (Sh361 million) and Crime Research Centre (Sh144.6 million).

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions got Sh3 billion while National Intelligence Service was given Sh36.6 billion.

Government services

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich yesterday also allocated Sh29.7 billion to the Planning and Policy Coordination Department.

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According to Mr Rotich, the funds will help improve access to government services.

The Government Printer got Sh939.5 million, road safety Sh2.4 billion population management system Sh6.8 billion and migration and citizen services management Sh7.6 billion.

Rotich said these functions are key to creating a secure and conducive environment for socio-economic and political development.

“The functions will continue to address contemporary and emerging threats to national security that undermine peace and development," said Rotich.

"These include terrorism, radicalisation, human and drug trafficking, money laundering and cyber-crime.”

The State Department of Interior under which police service falls has been credited for having one of the highest absorption rates in government at 90 per cent.

The department has been receiving increased allocations years on account of the police modernisation programme, implementation of the IC3 project and police comprehensive life insurance.

Other considerations have been the roll-out of e-passports and  operationalisation of 32 new sub-county police stations.

Under the police modernisation programme, 25 mine resistant ambush protective vehicles, 55 armoured personnel carrier vehicles, six patrol boats and 18 anti-riot vehicles were purchased

The NPS also completed the construction of a forensic laboratory and recruited 20,000 police officers, according to State records

The records at the same time point to the completion of 62 sub-county headquarters, deployment of 92 vehicles to these sub-counties and the purchase of 2,950 motorcycles for administration officers.

Additionally, birth and death registration coverage was increased to 64 per cent and 48 per cent respectively

Consequently, the records show that some six million new identity cards were issued.

At least 100 State agencies were connected to the Integrated Personal Registration Services (IPRS) and the Government says it printed over 150 million official documents.

Rotich said in his budget speech that NPS will improve service delivery in 2019/20–2021/22 medium term period through further police modernisation.

Also planned is the restructuring of the service, and installation of 3,200 CCTV cameras in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret

At the same time, he asserted that police are implementing their information management system and equipping the forensic laboratory while enhancing the scope of the Government Chemist laboratories.

NPS is also operationalising newly gazetted administrative units and improving registration services through establishment of a national integrated identify management system.

It is also modernising the Government Press by rolling out the third generation ID cards and automating 31 million archival fingerprints registration records.

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