National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich allocated an additional Sh8.1 billion to the National Police Service to buy more vehicles to facilitate officers’ mobility to increase police mobility and response.
Currently, the service has leased a total of 3,208 vehicles since 2013.
Another Sh24.8billion was set aside for police and Department of and another Sh12billion for security operations.
In order to adequately tackle terrorism threat, additional Sh2billion was advanced for border security.
The Cabinet Secretary said crime levels have fallen significantly over the last five years since 2013.
Between 2014 and 2016, robbery cases fell by 32 per cent while vehicle theft and mugging cases reduced by 43 and 27 per cent respectively.
The newly introduced police medical cover received an additional injection of Sh5.1billion.
In the last financial year, Sh124 billion was advanced to Defence and the National Intelligence Service and Sh140 billion to the Interior Ministry.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Eacc) has received Sh4 billion to fight graft while the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions Sh6billion and Sh2.3billion respectively.
Sh1.4billion has been dedicated to construction 1,500 of modern police and prison houses units through the private sector in Nairobi.
“The plan to develop police housing is underway. Sh1.4bn will be used to build 1500 units for police and prison staff.” Rotich said.
As the country gears up for August presidential polls, in order to curb hate mongering and enhance countrywide monitoring, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (Ncic) has received Sh410million.
Since 2013 when the Jubilee administration took over, significant number of police constables have been added to the internal security workforce surpassing the United Nations recommended ratio of one police officer to 450 civilians.
Currently, the ratio is one police officer to 380 members of the public following the recruitment of 10,000 police recruits last year.
In May this year, an additional 10,000 police officers will be recruited.