In Summary
  • Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai launches digital Occurrence Book.
  • He says entries in new tool cannot be edited, thus ensuring transparency and accountability.
  • With the launch, the Interior ministry will have to supply computers and the internet to the over 4,200 police stations.

The Kasarani Police Station in Nairobi has become the first in the country to use the digital Occurrence Book (OB) after it was launched by Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai early Friday, at exactly 00.00.

The country’s top policeman who was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) installed the computer equipment at the station’s reception where officers are expected to key-in complaints, statements and details of criminal activities.

“The technology among other benefits ensures that all entries made are a permanent record that cannot be edited, thus guaranteeing transparency and accountability in police operations at the station level,” the National Police Service said.

DIGITISATION

The use of digital tools will eliminate manipulation of entries in the occurrence books, which some police officers have been notorious for, for personal interests and corruption.

Some OB entries have in the past disappeared, with some officers being blamed for plucking off the leaves.

Mr Mutyambai urged police officers to embrace the change, as it will make entry, referral and retrieval of data faster.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai will have access to data from all police stations at the click of the mouse after launching the digital Occurrence Book at Kasarani Police Station on November 22, 2019. PHOTO | NPS

The reports entered, NPS said, will be subject to monitoring by ward, county and regional commanders as well as the Inspector-General and other top police chiefs.

The launch of the technology is part of the government’s ambitious plans to digitise critical services. Earlier, the NPS launched the Kenya Police Service Standing Orders App accessible only by members of the service who have to key in their unique service numbers and their passwords.

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