Police to get a swanky Sh500m station in Kilimani
Police will have the first modern station that accommodates several facilities, including a referral medical unit, a family protection section and a resource centre by June 2018.
The construction of a four-storey police station in Kilimani will start in January next year after the police and the Chinese Embassy signed an agreement in Nairobi on Wednesday.
The new facility, fully funded by the Chinese Government and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) at a cost of Sh500 million, will also have a spacious enquiry room, a police accommodation centre, worship centre, recreational park, a training and conference centre and a library among other amenities.
The construction was given the green light on Wednesday following a meeting with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Chinese ambassador Liu Xianfa and Kepsa representative Karanja Kabage.
Dr Liu said that the initiative was a clear exemplification of the Chinese Government’s commitment to supporting the security department, adding that they were committed to ensuring that more funds are secured from China to complete the project within the envisaged time frame of 18 months.
Mr Boinnet said the partnership was the first of its kind in the history of the police service and that additional stations would be built across the country.
“It will be a replica of all institutions to be built in the country,” he said.
The new station has been designed to enhance the working environment and to meet increasing demand for police services by the public.
Mr Boinnet said the current policing aimed at enhancing investigation techniques, improving quality of life of the people, enhancing service delivery and increasing speed of intervention.
He added that the service would reinforce police-public relationships and enhance joint efforts in the fight against crime.
Mr Kabage said that the current station played an important role in securing vital installations including the State House and other embassies, and added that they would ensure total transparency from the start up to its successful completion.