Matiangi rolls out digitization of police records


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In Summary

  • The system is also expected to ease the process of police promotions and transfers that have over the years been marred by corruption.
  • ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, revealing that the Judiciary will be next to go digital, in a bid to integrate police records with the courts.
  • All officers joining the force will now also have to undergo a mandatory ICT training that will last for six months to familiarize themselves with the system.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has launched the digitization of police processes and services.

The process launched at Karisa Maitha Grounds in Malindi will see all police officers and their data recorded in a digital data base aimed at easing operation in security management.

The digitization of records is part of wider police reforms unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta in September last year

All operations of the National Police Service beginning with the human resource, criminal data records, and occurrence books so as to enable the authorities get data required from any corner of the country at the click of a button.

“We will with this system be able to monitor operations across the country and know which officer is on duty where just by a click of a button,” said IG Joseph Boinnet.

Registration of officers into the new system is under way in Kilifi County and is expected to be rolled out in all the 47 counties.

“I want to see a situation where by the click of a button officers will be able to apply and go on leave, and the I G will be able to read the OB of a police station in Meru from the comfort of his office,” said CS Matiang’i.

The system is also expected to ease the process of police promotions and transfers that have over the years been marred by corruption.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, revealing that the Judiciary will be next to go digital, in a bid to integrate police records with the courts.

“So that when a case is reported it can be relayed straight to the judiciary and that will help expedite these cases you hear take ages before determination,” said CS Mucheru.

All officers joining the force will now also have to undergo a mandatory ICT training that will last for six months to familiarize themselves with the system.

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