More than 1,000 county askaris in Nairobi have been sent back to school after the escalation of cases of ruthless handling of Nairobians.
Cases of mishandling of Nairobi residents have been rising with county askaris commonly known as Kanjo taking the blame which has ruined their reputation.
To fix the soiled reputation, county askaris are expected to be trained by the National Police service on how to professionally carry out their duties.
The four-month training is scheduled to begin this month at Kiganjo Police Training College and Administration Police Training College, Embakasi.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) director of enforcement Services Mark Leleruk said the training targets a friendly enforcement service.
“We want to introduce a new culture of integrity and professionalism with career courses like non-commissioned officers and development courses for corporals and sergeants,” Dr. Leleruk told Business Daily on secondment from the Administration Police.
Nairobi has employed 1,600 county askaris.
NMS also are planning to change from the use of those old vans fitted with wire mesh which causes great panic to Nairobians whenever they see them approaching.
“We will also have graduate inspectorate courses. We intend to rebrand and get rid of the culture associated with corruption and brutality, especially when dealing with hawkers,” he added.
The training will also rope in enforcement officers and traffic marshals.
After training the county Askaris are expected to intensify their operations within the city to get rid of any unruly characters causing havoc and distressing Nairobi residents especially within the Central Business District (CBD).
“The better equipped uniformed enforcement officers are expected to make the city’s streets safer for both motorists and pedestrians,” he said.
Dr. Leleruk said the inspectorate service reform process had already begun through the issuance of new uniforms as well as high-frequency communication gadgets to enhance and coordinate their operations.
The officers are also required to make daily morning briefings to their supervisors, enabling them to monitor their location when on patrol.