Next year’s East African Police Chiefs Corporation Organization (EAPCCO) games will be held in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has disclosed.
Boinnet said the decision to hold the police games in Eldoret was reached at during a recent meeting held in Khartoum, South Sudan.
This will be the third edition of the games that were first held in Uganda with the second edition taking place in Tanzania between 6- 12 August 2018.
The IG made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago in his Eldoret office.
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Mandago welcomed the decision to hold the sport in Eldoret saying the county was well known for sport excellence, especially athletics.
However, he requested for increased security saying the town is growing rapidly and needed additional police stations and posts.
“Eldoret is growing at a very fast pace, population is increasing and demanding urgent and sustained security”, said Mandago.
The governor also asked the IG to consider improving security services especially in Moiben, Burnt Forest and Moi’s Bridge urban centres whose population is also on the increase.
The county leadership at the same time welcomed the ongoing police reforms with Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno saying the new housing program whereby police officers will be living amongst wananchi instead of residing in police lines will add muscle to security as officers will be able to get information to thwart crime.
“The public will feel safe and free to report suspicious activities in the society. This will make it very easy to report when your neighbour is a police officer,” added the deputy governor.
In response Boinnet said two more police stations have been approved for establishment in Uasin Gishu County.
“We appreciate Eldoret’s fast growth and for this, we are soon building two new police stations in our program to keep the people safe,” said the IG.
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