There are reduced cases of insecurity incidents following the restructuring of the National Police Service that began a year ago.

National Police Service director of communication Mr. Charles Owino has attributed the lack of conflicts and overlapping of mandates for the improved security. The Administration Police Service (APS), for instance, was now completely specialised and focusing on its core mandate including border patrols, guarding critical infrastructure and dealing with stock theft. The Inspector General Mr. Hillary Mutyambai has also gazetted more police stations, bringing services closer to the people,” Owino said.

The restructuring led to a unified force that among other things saw about 24,000 APS officers merge with their Kenya Police Service general duty officers. More than 100 AP posts and camps have been converted into police posts. In Nairobi alone, at least 30 of them, including Waithaka, Kawangware, Kayole, Umoja and Embakasi AP camps, have been turned into police stations. The service has also trained over 5000 officers, mostly from the AP Service to take up the new roles brought about by the restructuring. The restructuring was also to ensure that there was a police station in all the 1,520 wards in the country under the command of Ward Commanders, formerly referred to as OCSs.

Owino added that as a result, several officers from the AP have also been appointed as regional, county, sub-county and even station commanders.  The Multi-Agency Team (MAT) has also led to unified and coordinated operations resulting in reduced terror attacks in the country.

The restructuring process may however be affected due to financial constraints as the government focuses on the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. In the last financial year, the service was allocated about Sh10billion