Civil Society Organisations championing police reforms have raised concern over the reduction of National Police Service budget in the last three financial years a move they term as worrying and will affect service delivery negatively.
In a report launched today by Independent Medical and Legal Unit the police budget was reduced from Ksh. 23 Billon to Ksh. 6 Billion this financial year.
According to IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama the move has adverse effects on police training and day to day running of the police station.
‘‘In the last 3 years we have seen reduction of development budget for the National Police Service this is worrying because it affect the capacity of police to develop infrastructure including running of the police station and also training the police officer as we now this important because nature of crimes also changes..the reduction is not helpful to the country,’’ he said.
They have now recommended more powers to be given to Inspector General of Police to manage police budget a move Kiama says will increase efficiency and accountability of funds.
‘‘We want the Inspector General of police to be given more powers to manage police budget a lot of queries have been raised by Auditor General on how police budget is being managed,’’ he added.