The Internal Affairs Unit is a product of Police Reforms that has remained steadfast in its endeavours to deliver on its mandate as an internal oversight mechanism within the National Police Service. Such efforts are better communicated through reports that often provide stakeholders with an opportunity to appreciate the commitments being made with the prospect of generating discussions on how best to improve Police professionalism. It is therefore with great appreciation that I present the Unit’s Annual Performance Report for the year ended 31st December, 2022 in line with Chapter 62, Order 2 of the National Police Service Standing Orders.
The year under review witnessed heightened political activities in the run-up to the August General Elections. Previous elections had been marred with violence and upheavals where Police Officers were cited and blamed for varied forms of misconducts. For this reason, IAU officers were adequately prepared to handle possible police misconduct during the electioneering period. I am glad to note that the elections were peaceful and Police Officers conducted themselves professionally.
We wish to register our gratitude to the Chairperson, National Police Service Commission, Mr. Eliud N. Kinuthia, CBS, OGW, HSC; The Inspector General of the National Police Service, Mr. Japhet N. Koome, EBS, HSC, ndc (K); the DIGs Kenya Police and Administration Police Services together with the Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations for their continued support.
The Unit commends stakeholders and partners including the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for the cordial partnership and collaboration. Equally, we extend our gratitude to the German Technical Corporation (GIZ), the US Embassy, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Independent Medico-Legal ]Unit (IMLU), and Transparency International Kenya, among others. Their unwavering support and cooperation to the Unit since its inception in 2013 to date in various aspects, such as the provision of equipment and facilitating trainings on various areas aimed at building capacity for the officers cannot go un-noticed. We further extend our gratitude to International Justice Mission (IJM) for facilitating the Unit in the preparation of this report.
The Unit will continue engaging with our clients and partners towards the realization of our mission in the National Police Service. As the immediate former Director of Reforms in the National Police Service and now the Director of Internal Affairs Unit, we continue to stress on the need for the Police Officers to remain professional and accountable as they discharge their mandate. I hope that this report will provide insight into the Unit’s efforts to better the National Police Service by enhancing internal oversight.
David Birech, MBS, ‘psc’ (R)
Director Internal Affairs Unit
NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE