The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: New Strategy for Kisumu Security

POLICE in Kisumu have partnered with private security firms to reduce insecurity in the county. Insecurity has been on the rise in the area for the last two months.

County Police Commandant David Ng'etich said the cooperation among security providers will enhance patrol in areas perceived as hot spots. Ng'etich said the initiative will be formalised to ensure maximum security in the region to increase the trust of investors. He said they have signed an agreement with 10 security firms to address major security concerns in the county.

The informal agreement involves the private security firms giving the police their vehicles and staff to beef up patrols in the Kisumu town and its outskirts.

The staff also acts as police informers by relaying security information to the police through special contacts, especially in places where police presence is not common. "Shortage of police officers is everywhere in the country and we have to look for ways of filling the gaps," said Ng'etich.

He was speaking on Monday in Kisumu during the induction of police recruits, who are in a month-long internship program. Ng'etich said private security firms provide the biggest manpower in the security management in town and cannot be ignored. "Police are out to ensure that private firms are supported in their efforts to apprehend criminals terrorising residents," he said.

Ng'etich said the county government security department has also been involved in the patrols by providing vehicles and staff. He applauded community policing, which he said has also played an important role in promoting security in the region."We are impressed by the improving public-police relationship that has enabled us to get crucial security information from the public, and we will not disappoint them," said Ng'etich.

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