THE POLICE FORCE’S ZEAL AND COMPETENCE
“Acquiring skills is better than getting a promotion and I’m glad for this sensitization workshop training because it will make us serve better.”- Regional Police Commander LEONARD KATANA
KMET has always aimed at promoting quality health and education services to the community and at every sunup and sun down, this objective is accomplished by a passionate and hardworking team. We all know that knowledge is power and educating the police on adolescent and their sexual rights is empowering an essential group that plays a major role in the community. I know when we hear of the police force, we always think of factual but funny memes and moments of a police with a distinct Kalenjin accent that somehow goes like, “Kijana! Utalala ndani.” This momentous notion is pushed aside since there is a KMET project which partnered with a network of organizations working on girl child programs including the police force in Kisumu, Siaya and Migori Counties. The program aims at bringing together girls, network members and other stakeholders to share, learn and develop programmatic guideline that strengthen the girls’ programs in the three counties which will impact skills, healthy attitude and behaviourial change through sharing experience and best practices.
It’s a fact that we are living in a generation where young people want to explore and have a taste of everything that is around them. This very same age cohort are adolescents who are sexually active and the consequence may end up being punitive to their lives thus the importance of sensitizing the police officers who as it’s known; play a critical role in tackling sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) reported cases. Under the law, they have a duty to assist victims to access justice and receive immediate medical attention. Most sexual violence cases are dismissed because the perpetrator silences the victims while some interfere with the evidence and the perpetrator end up being freed. Most victims are adolescent girls and boys of reproductive age who end up with unwanted pregnancies and infections.
This boils down to the question, “Have you ever visited a police station for help but changed your mind because of all the stories of arrogance and negligence or mere judgement that people tell you they’ve experienced at a police station?” Worry no more and don’t wallow in your pain when you can seek help from them because the ‘crooked police’ that smear the name of the service termed policing is being stripped away and replaced by ‘utumishi kwa wote’ in all sense of the statement or rather the motto governing the police service.
We are looking forward to a gender desk in the three counties where no abuse case to adolescent girl would go unreported due to negligence of a police officer to take up the responsibility of going deep to solve particular case. Majority of termed perpetrators are all enlightened on whatever implication the law may have on them.