The National Police Service on Wednesday, July 29th 2020 launched its first online training for officers across the country. The training aims to address the challenges that the uniformed men and women face while enforcing law and order during this COVID-19 period.
The first-ever online training course is a result of a collaboration between the NPS, European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
"This training comprises seven e-learning modules that police officers will complete at their own pace on a computer, tablet or smartphone," Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai said during the launch.
He said the use of force and firearms among the uniformed officers, responsibilities of the police in handling sexual and gender-based violence cases and bail and bond are among the courses to be offered in the mandatory seven-course module.
Others are human rights approaches to crowd control and public order management, how the police should handle special interest groups, understanding diversion and the decision to charge.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for policing in Kenya and we, therefore, need new response strategies to crime and incidents, and the enforcement of related regulations,' IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama said.
This comes amid rising cases of police brutality and harassment while implementing the COVID-19 protocols.
Twenty-one people have been killed by the police while others left nursing injuries since the curfew was imposed on March 27. The police, without apparent justification, shoot and beat people at markets or returning home from work, even before the daily start of the curfew.