Ward Commanders from Mukurweini, Nyeri Central, Kongoni. Kinna and Isiolo Central police stations received the PPEs to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19 on 28th March 2020.
In the last three years, we have been implementing a project to operationalize the County Policing Authority (CPA) in three counties (Nyeri, Nakuru, and Isiolo Counties) under a grant provided by Diakonia Sweden from their Democracy and Human Rights program.
In partnership with the National Police Service, we have spearheaded public enhancement in police and policing services for the past four years in thirteen police stations in the four select counties namely Isiolo, Nyeri, Nakuru and Kisumu. This has led to the setting up of community policing structures driven by trust building and confidentiality between the communities and the police.
Hence, as the country heightens the war against COVID-19, the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) donated personal protection equipment (PPEs) to the 13 stations to ensure officers are not exposed to infections as they enforce government directives in March 2020. They were provided with sanitizers, hand washing gels, disinfectants, facial masks, hand gloves, spraying cans among other items.
The PPEs will ensure the police officers perform their duties diligently. The items were well received by the officers in command of the station and community policing committee chairpersons who appreciated IMLU for prioritizing their officer’s safety in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PPEs will also boost the officers’ morale to combat Covid-19 since many officers had complained of lack of protective gear to fight the virus.
Police officers are essentials workers and the key implementers of government security measures in containing the virus and require PPEs to ensure they perform their duties without fear of contracting the virus.
“Our objective is to complement the government’s efforts in fighting the coronavirus,” said IMLU’s executive director Peter Kiama.
The PPEs have gone a long way in supporting police welfare which is key pillar in the police reforms agenda while appreciating the role they are playing to balance between provision of public safety and security.
Kenya announced its first confirmed case on Friday, March 13 2020, which was followed by a set of guidelines by the government on how to prevent further infections and manage the situation through the National Emergency and Response Committee.