Eldoret gets rights to host regional police games
Uasin Gishu County’s capital of Eldoret has won the rights to host next year's East Africa Police Games, the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinet has disclosed.
The IG Joseph Boinet's revelation comes just less than a week after the world’s running nerve and athletics-mad Eldoret town came into a standstill as fans witnessed Eliud Kipchoge writing history with an ‘unimpeachable’ 2 hours 01.39 minutes world record. Gladys Cherono also won in a course record.
That Eldoret will host the games' next year's edition was made public when Governor Jackson Mandago hosted the IG at his office this afternoon. The police boss said a recent meeting held in Khartoum sent the games to Eldoret.
During the meeting at the Governor’s office, it was appreciated that Eldoret is the fastest growing urban in the country and plans are underway to set up police stations to better security.
With Eldoret awaiting City status coronation, the police service takes the cognisance (well according to the IG) and has plans to further make the North Rift economic nerve safe.
Governor Mandago had emphasized and pointed out a number of reasons why Eldoret and growing urbans to have improved security.
"Eldoret is growing at a very fast pace, population rising and demanding urgent and sustained security," said Governor Mandago.
The IG's response was that at least two more police stations have been approved for establishment in Uasin Gishu County.
"We appreciate Eldoret's fast growth and for this, we are soon building two new police stations in our program to improve and keep the people safe," said IG Boinet.
The IG added: "This financial year, because of financial constraints, we will build two police stations and then more in subsequent years."
At the meeting, Governor Mandago also asked the IG to consider planning on improving security services especially in Moiben, Burnt Forest and Moi's Bridge as "they are other fastest growing urbans in the county."
Among the new reforms in police service is abolishing of state-established police officers' quarters. The officers will be renting houses in the new program.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno praised the new housing program, saying it will add muscle to security as officers will be able to get information that could thwart crime.
"Personally I am happy for officers starting to rent houses…it is a way of demystifying past beliefs and cases of people fearing the police," said Chemno.
"Then the public will feel safe and free to report suspicious activities in the society. This will be very easy to report when your neighbour is a police officer."
The IG was primarily in Eldoret to sensitize officers on the new changes that have taken effect in the system. He held a meeting with police officers from across six counties.