August 4th 2020              

By Cheruiyot Korir

The launching of the police digital occurrence book under the ‘Utumishi project’ at the National Police Service (NPS) will enable police officers to deliver effective and efficient services to the citizenry.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department for ICT and Innovation Mr. Jerome Ochieng said NPS being a critical organization within the law enforcement and justice system, and constantly faced with a demand to do more under the constant scrutiny of the general public, will now be able to offer satisfactory services with the system.

“Besides improving the quality of service NPS delivers to the public, we envisage that this tool will instill public confidence in the service and improve collaboration between the NPS and other government agencies,” said Ochieng.

Speaking during the launch of the NPS Utumishi project at Buruburu Police Station by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Fred Matiang’i, the PS also encouraged the police force to embrace a strategy of continued knowledge acquisition and training so that the adoption of technology is continually embraced by all within its ranks.

“I am pleased to note that NPS is now conducting online trainings and wish to encourage the leadership to continue in the same spirit with the Utumishi project,” he advised.

Ochieng at the same time announced that the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs has partnered with the NPS to provide internet connectivity to all police stations through connectivity to National Optic Fibre Network Backhaul Initiative (NOFBI) and provision of ICT equipment to improve service delivery at every service point of the NPS.

He said the recent launch of the e-filing system by the judiciary and the Uadilifu case management system by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is an indication that all sectors must adopt the digital technology.

“The ICT ministry is committed to making the much needed legal and policy changes that enable and expedite the adoption of the technology throughout government as we understand the role technology plays in improving efficiencies,” Ochieng added.

The PS further noted that all arms of the government have committed to the digital transformation journey through the adoption of technology in the management of resources and public service delivery.

“With a good ICT ecosystem and the country’s digital economy blueprint Kenya will be able to attain the development goals of Vision 2030,” stated Ochieng