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Kenyan police force launch digital portal to boost service delivery

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 forensic investigations.

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.

“We have 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.

“Every serving 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 country.

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 transnational crimes.

“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.

             

 

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