The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has reinstated commitment to improved service to members of the public following delivery of state-of-art equipment by development partners.
The support by the United States Government includes forensic equipment that will assist in analyzing evidence and documenting data with the aim of ensuring water tight cases are taken to court; and in the end, ensure that police officers found on the wrong side of the law are held accountable for their actions.
IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori received the equipment at the Authority’s headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday, April, 5, 2020. She was accompanied by Vice-Chairperson Jonathan Lodompui and Commissioner Dr. Jimmy Mwithi.
The equipment includes computers, cameras and scanners and was presented to IPOA by the US Government through its Embassy in Nairobi and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
“The Authority is committed to strengthening its systems with the aim of enhancing delivery of services to Kenyans,” said Mrs. Makori.
The donation comes at a time institutions have scaled down amid the Covid-19 pandemic and thus it is a shot in the arm for IPOA officers who have to work from home while ensuring that as much as possible, most services are being provided via Information Communication Technology.
“To realise efficiency and effectiveness, IPOA has received ICT and forensic equipment donation from the US Government. This greatly improves IPOA’s capacity during and beyond the COVID-19 period. IPOA appreciates the continued support,” added Mrs. Makori.
IPOA values support of development partners in ensuring that the Authority is up to the task of ensuring the rights of the public are protected during enforcement of the law by State agencies, in particular, the National Police Service.
Section 32 of IPOA Act mandates the Authority to receive funds from any other source, besides those allocated by parliament.