For purposes of internal accountability within the NPS, an Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) was established under section 87 of the National Police Service Act. It was based on this background that IMLU organized training for IAU officers with the aim of equipping them with the necessary skills of investigations.
The training which brought together 30 officers from IAU, 26male officers and 4 women counterparts. The low women participation was attributed to the recruitment process of police officers which largely favours men. The training was graced by Mr Noor Gabow who is the Deputy Police Inspector General. Also in attendance was the Director of IAU Mr Mohammed Amin and IMLU’s Executive Director Mr Peter Kiama.
The Director of IAU insisted on the importance of training staff to the highest possible standards of competence and the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms and dignity.
The Deputy Police Inspector General Mr Noor Gabow acknowledged that IMLU is an organisation that seeks a torture free society by promoting the right of torture victims and survivors, and which will seek to protect all Kenyans from all forms of torture advocating for policing reforms and monitoring general adherence to Human Rights and capacity building to stakeholders.
“This, therefore, informs the purpose or reason for partnering with key stakeholders in enhancing the capacity of our investigators.” Mr Gabow said.
The training took place on 2nd – 4th September 2020, with facilitators selected from the DCI, ODPP, IPOA, KNCHR and IAU.
The training was closed by The Deputy Director Internal Affairs Unit, Mr Kanyeki Gitahi who emphasised on the importance of training police officers and supporting them whenever necessary.
He also advised the participants to go out of their way in assisting the police who were suffering from trauma and needed counselling, noting that he was a trained psychological counsellor.