Kenyan police officers now required to undergo a 6-month compulsory ICT training
11 January 2019
In line with its vision to digitise the Kenyan Police Service, the government wants its police officers to undergo a compulsory ICT training for a maximum of six months.
The training, according to Fred Matiang’i, the country’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, is aimed at equipping police officers with basic ICT knowledge to be able to use the newly launched National Police Service Information Management System (IMS).
The IMS will be used to digitise the entire system of the Kenyan Police Service. It is expected to boost transparency as all police departments will be integrated in the system.
The IMS also promises to help monitor police performance, activities and feedback, create reports, automate criminal records, human resource and financial activities within the force, as well as generate data that will aid better decision making.
The new technology is the latest of the Kenyan government’s commitment to revamp the police force. Last year, following a change in police uniforms, the Kenyan government introduced digital Occurrence Books (OB) to improve real-time reporting of crimes which would enhance management of cases.
In addition, the National Police service has reportedly begun registering all police officers in the country in order to set up a digital database.
The training exercise that will equip officers with the skills to use the new systems will be conducted by the Ministry of ICT.