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The Police And Mental Health

General Podcasts | 2 months ago

cross the world, Police officers have been bestowed with the responsibility to protect life and property, to restore order and ensure secure environments for the subjects in the places of their jurisdiction. Here, in kenya, the police service, that is formed by a workforce of slightly over 110,000 officers has been marred with allegations of brutality and runaway murders, corruption and extrajudicial executions; with very few channels or restrictions of telling their side of the story; police officers have remained condemned and generally portrayed as outcasts in their own society; these plus work pressure and expectations of appearing strong even when weak has led so many of them into depression and eventually mental illness. The latest statistics show that up to 113 police officers are under care & treatment for mental illness in diverse medical facilities, four of them being female and 109 male. What is shocking is that the service is assessing 104 others found to be critical with mental illness and psychosis to establish if they are suitable to continue with their duties. that is forming today’s subject of discussion on our latest dispatch on the Covid and Mental podcast. At the heart of the crisis and service we are pleased to host Francis kooli, the police commander, Kisii county.


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