The sophisticated high definition body cams have infrared, night vision and live stream capabilities. They will form part of our crime management kit & will record real-time events as they unfold!
This follows overwhelming requests from netizens, following us on our interactive social media pages.
Stay tuned for tonight’s action as the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) sleuths backed up by Special Service Unit (SSU) go out on patrol!
The hi-tech body cameras are expected to enhance accountability in the fight against crime at a time when security agencies have been on the spot over the execution of suspects.
The agency stated that the camera equipment will form part of their crime management kit and will record real-time events as they unfold.
The DCI said that the move follows overwhelming requests from citizens on the agency’s social media pages.
In recent years, a section of Kenyans and rights groups have been calling on the government to embrace smart policing as part of police reforms to ensure accountability and feel the existing gaps in policing which they say have given rogue security agencies leeway in committing human rights against suspects and innocent civilians.
Below are comments from Kenyans:
Fredrick Keter – “Hapo Sawa kabisa. Now can the same be extended to traffic officers Manning road blocks? That way both parties drivers and the good officers can be safe. Also encourage government to provide subsidized CCTV to businessmen. Will tell you why if you so request.”
KENYA Hustler nation – “In normal countries, body cams are a control against police brutality when enforcing the law. In Kenya, they are intended for the entertainment of netizens. Afro Cinema continues shortly…”
Douglas Mwendah – “Every police officer should have one and make it mandatory to be switched on during an interaction. Many issues will be solved and discipline among the police will improve”
Nathaniel Osiako Siako – “In as much as it may be a hoax, it shows that indeed the Security Institution is well informed on need to have such technology. Impressive.“
Frank Karani – “Well in. Infact this should be applied to all law enforcement agents as footage would be good admission as exhibits. Especially traffic police officers should put it as mandatory”
Michael Muthee – “Elite sleuths armed with HD body cams should patrol Mathare North, this area has been a hotbed for crime for so long, taxpayers from this side of the city are really safaring”
Daynis Dage – “I love this. A very positive step. This should be extended to the traffic police too and other branches of our disciplined forces. It will greatly improve accountability and reduce much of the corruption in the service. This has to go all the way!”
Johnny Johnny – “The uniformed guys should have been the first to receive these considering the level of complaints being leveled against. And also let them be in the know that switching off intentionally should amount to misuse of government kit or constitute evidence of economic offence if accused of the same”
Rain Mbugua – “Start with traffic police perhaps this will curb what they r known for and if we had enough police cars they should be equipped with them, and always on ndio tusiskie gjjfgjffjdj ni real time manenos”
Rosidema Laustar Soita – “Yes that’s great DCI Kenya, Now Can we fits all DCI and Most Police cars on patrol with cameras to help capture instances both in and outside the patrol cars during the arrest.We are heading to a good direction in terms of security ,kudos Kinoti.”