NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police on Wednesday launched a mobile
application that would boost access to information on key
operations such as patrols, recording of criminal offences and
Fred Matiang’i, the
Cabinet Secretary for interior and coordination of national
government, said the launch of Service Standing Orders (SSO)
mobile application is embedded in the ongoing police reforms to
help cope with rising security threats.
fast-tracked migration of police operations to the digital
platform to help deal effectively with sophisticated crimes like
importation of contraband goods, human trafficking, terrorism
and poaching,” Matiang’i said.
He revealed that a
public-private partnership was behind development of an online
portal to help police officers execute their mandate of securing
lives and property without hitches.
“The government has
encouraged partnership with private sector and foreign donors to
speed up modernization of the police service through training,
technology adoption,” said Matiang’i.
police officer will now be able to access operational guidelines
on their smartphone on real time basis and we expect better
outcomes,” he added.
Matiang’i noted that
new technology is required to boost the war against crimes like
online fraud that has spiked in recent times.
Kenya intends to
create a techno savvy and highly trained police force that is
responsive to the evolving security challenges facing the
Joseph Boinnet, the
Inspector General of Police said that digitizing the
administrative, investigative and prosecutorial functions of the
police force will boost the fight against domestic and
“Our goal as a
national police force is to improve skills and competence of our
officers through regular trainings and digitization of key
operations,” said Boinnet.
He noted that
cutting edge technology has enabled police officers detect and
nab criminal elements involved in money laundering, car jacking
and bank robberies.