A human rights group has called for devolvement of the National police service in a bid to combat insecurity at grassroots level.
Human rights lobby Haki Africa says by devolving the police service, every County will manage its own security department hence containing insecurity in the counties.
Speaking in Mombasa, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the current security force has faced various challenges and when devolved it will adequately and tirelessly serve its own community.
According to Khalid when police officers are selected to serve the community they come from, they will work extra hard to protect it.
“As a human rights organisation, we have carefully conducted an in depth analysis and if the police service is devolved, crime rate will go down,” he disclosed.
Khalid noted the Coast region has been receiving police officers from other parts of the country who do not care much about the community.
“These police officers from other regions end up harassing locals some even killing innocent people,” he added.
Khalid said if devolved, youths will get employment without any discrimination that has been witnessed in the recent recruitment exercises.
[Police in parade.]
He also disclosed the levels of corruption among police officers will reduce if the service is devolved.
The human rights defender added if the proposal is implemented, it will enhance effective security service that will diligently serve its own community without harassment, favouritism or laxity.
He said the organisation will push for inclusion of such proposals in constitutional amendments so that police service is completely devolved.
He has called for public support for considerations of the proposal.