Kilifi North Sub-County Police officers on Saturday celebrated their success in administering security in the region in an end of year party ceremony at a Kilifi hotel. 

The celebration came in handy as the sub-county recorded a decrease in crime rates, safer neighborhoods and minimal occurrences of drug abuse in the year 2021. 

During the busy festive season of December last year, the officers worked around the clock to ensure locals, their visitors and tourists enjoyed a peaceful and secure environment.     

            During an interview with the media, Kilifi North sub-county OCPD Jonathan Koech disclosed that in the past year, criminal cases declined significantly while accidents were on the rise towards the end of the year. 

 “It is a success to us having experienced reduced break-ins cases after dealing with a few that occurred. However, there have been a lot of accidents experienced in Kilifi in the better part of last year. We have deployed more traffic officers to handle drivers who are breaking traffic regulations,” Koech said. 

Koech commended police efforts in dealing with criminal cases despite many challenges they face in their line of duties. 

Speaking to the media during the celebrations, Kilifi central police station OCS Edwin Mogera highlighted that the event provided them an opportunity to appreciate their efforts and reflect on the ups and downs of the previous year alongside strategies on delivering their mandate ahead of 2022 general elections. 

Kilifi central police station OCS Edwin Mogera (left) together with other senior police officers during the end year party celebration on Saturday at Tamaduni Gardens, Kilifi Photo by Treeza Auma Opondo

“We celebrate the reduction to a near total completion of Mombasa Republican Council activities through the concerned efforts of the security agencies and we hope to sustain the momentum through the New Year 2022 which seems to be packed with a myriad of activities,” Mogera said. 

“Kilifi being a tourism town, influx of local and international tourists meant the police were working day and night to ensure the safety of the people, property and also beef up security. We are celebrating the police success at this time of the year as the officers were upbeat during the festivities providing security services to the members of the public,” he added. 

Mogera said the police service is working to portray themselves as friends and protectors to the members of the public in contrast to the common belief which perceive the police as cruel in nature. 

The celebrations come at a time when police have been advocating for mental health awareness campaign due to numerous suicidal cases within the workforce in the country.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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