KILIFI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Monday launched a new digital
system to improve efficiency in the police service as part of
ongoing efforts to reforms.
The Digital Human Resource
Information System will bear accurate, real-time data on each
police officer, including their recruitment, training, career
progress, deployment, family records, and other related
Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and
Coordination of National Government who launched the system in
Kilifi County in the coastal region, said the aim is to infuse
accountability, efficiency, honesty and professionalism amongst
our officers as part of the ongoing police reforms.
Matiang’i said the police officers must embrace technology to
keep pace with the evolution of crime, as we strive to provide
He said the elaborate intranet system will enhance the
ability of the National Police Service to share local
information and intelligence within the security fraternity on a
national and international scale as appropriate at the touch of
Matiang’i said the system supports the selection,
recruitment, and management of police officers, deployment,
performance appraisals, merit-based promotions, and transparent
Joe Mucheru, cabinet secretary for Information,
Communications and Technology described the system as a step in
the right direction and challenged other government agencies and
departments to emulate the same to counter the evolving criminal
"Embracing technology is no longer an option for all
government departments, especially the security sector.
"We will make sure the police data gathered is secure through
a biometric system," Mucheru said.
Joseph Boinnet, Inspector General of Police noted that the
system will bring fairness in the police disciplinary process.
He said a police officer’s track record will contribute
significantly to investigating allegations of misconduct from
members of the public or internally.