President William Ruto has told police officers to use their firearms if in danger of criminals.
Addressing Regional Police Commanders at State House on Wednesday, November 16, Ruto affirmed that the Government cannot allow criminals to overrun the cities.
The Head of State noted that police officers had the backing of the law to make sure they deal with criminals firmly.
"We cannot allow criminals to overrun our cities of any part of Kenya, If any police officer is in danger of criminals, they must use their firearms to deal with the criminals," the Head of State told the officers.
At the same time, Ruto asked the police to be apolitical while discharging their duties.
"We want the police to be professional, independent, and accountable while protecting Kenyans," Ruto stated.
He said he had decided to make the police financially autonomous so that they can conduct their duties competently.
The Head of State added that the Government will provide the police with modern equipment to help confront insecurity in the country.