Kenya Police Service Bosses React To WISPI 2017 Ranking


Kenya Police Service bosses have dismissed a report that ranked it as one of the worst performing in the world.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet condemned the report, adding that the group that headed it could not be trusted.

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The 2017 World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) was released on Saturday by the International Police Science Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace. It ranked Kenya at position 125 out of 127 countries.

Speaking to The Nation via phone on Sunday evening, Boinnet said:

“I don’t agree with the report because we even don’t know who the sources are. The owners cannot be trusted.”

According to him, the Kenya police was doing well in dealing with security issues. He said some individuals might have been hired to taint the service’s image.

“The Kenya police service has been doing well in the recent past and the report does not reflect what is in the country,” he added.



Mr. Boinnet’s reaction was also echoed by Nairobi County Police Boss Japheth Koome.

Koome strongly dismissed the report, terming it as false and malicious. He said that instead, the Kenya police service is among the best in the world.

“Kenya police ranked third last in the world is not true. We are among the best in the world,” said Koome.

The report comes amid several human rights reports claiming that police in Kenya killed more than 30 people in the period after the August 8 election.

All the reports have specifically accused the police of using excessive force while quelling protests by opposition supporters.

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Singapore police were ranked as the best performing in the world followed by Finland, Denmark, Austria, and Germany.

In Africa, Botswana police service was ranked the best and at position 47 globally. Rwanda was ranked second best followed by Algeria, Senegal, and Tunisia at 58, 68 and 72, respectively.