Acting Deputy Inspector General of Police Joel Kitili said the Al-Shabaab terror group threat in Kenya’s northeastern region and the country at large remains, real and so the need for the police to remain vigilant at all times.

Kenyan police
Kenyan police
“It will be a costly mistake on our part to entertain negligence within our ranks even for a minute,” the deputy police chief said in Garissa where he presided over the official closing ceremony of quick response team course for police officers.

“Our enemies are capitalizing on the ability to mingle with the rest for the community to wage attacks on us,” Kitili said.

“With utmost vigilance and good working relationship with the communities we serve in, we will get timely information to help us thwart such attacks,” he vowed.

He also called on security officers to adapt to the ever changing security landscape in order to deal with the constant threats paused by terrorism, organized criminal gangs and radicalization.

Kitili said the police service was undergoing reforms that are geared towards transforming the force into an efficient, accountable and professional service that Kenyans can trust for their safety and security.

He said the two months course of 36 police officers drawn from Garissa County that covered weaponry, explosives and filed tactics was meant to reinforce discipline, teamwork, endurance and initiative among other crucial attributes.

Kitili’s remarks came after Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned of possible terror attacks in the country, saying Al-Shabaab threat remains alive in the country.

According to Boinnett, available information indicate that Al-Shabaab is still keen on attacking Kenya, targeting security installations, soft targets in the Northern Kenya counties, in the Coast and other major cities.

The police chief called on Kenyans to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police for immediate action. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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