The Independent Policing Oversight Authority, IPOA has been challenged to foster a good rapport with the police to promote professionalism in the National Police Service, NPS.

Nairobi Regional Police Commander Adamson Bungei, during a meeting with a delegation of IPOA officers, said that there was need for the Authority to, aside from discharging their mandate, appreciate and laud police officers who are doing exemplary work within the service.

During the meeting, the regional police commander also encouraged the Authority to recognize the positive strides made by police who work under very challenging situations.

Mr. Bungei acknowledged that there has been tension between the Police and the Authority, saying this can only be cured through more interaction and cooperation between the two.

He praised the Authority for the progress in has so far made in its quest to promote public trust in policing, and encouraged its officers to regularly visit his office and hold consultative meetings meant to improve policing in the country.

Mr. Bungeri called on the Authority to intensify outreach programs to sensitize the police, especially new recruits who are currently undergoing training.

During the courtesy call, Head of Inspections, Research and Monitoring Lt Col (rtd) Catherine Gichuki highlighted the mandate of the Authority and assured Mr. Bungei that the Authority would strive to create a stronger bond with the police.

She said that IPOA would be rolling out an inspections program during the month of June to April, and requested for the support of the NPS.

Ms. Gichuki also requested for the support of the Police commanders in identifying police officers who are doing splendid work within the service, saying that the Authority would soon be awarding them during the Outstanding Police Service Awards (OPSA)

Accompanying the Head of IRM were Head of the Nairobi regional office Mr. Shaviya Mameti, Principal Monitoring officer Mr. Charles Mwangi and Senior Inspections officer Mr Frank Njeru.