President Kenyatta urges police officers to refrain from corruption

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged new police officers who have joined the force to maintain high standards of conduct while performing their duties.

In a speech at the Administrative Police Training College in Embakasi Street in Nairobi, the President said the Government was committed to protecting police officers if they carried out their duties effectively, without engaging in corruption.

"On the issue of corruption and ethics, I urge you not to accept the fruits of many years of dedication, disintegration because of corruption," he said.

"Avoid yourself and your family, the shame and grief that comes with being prosecuted and suspending work from this force," he added.

Speaking after the graduation parade for 2,610 Administrative police officers, the national leader called on the officers to have the highest level of expertise, ethics and compliance with the law.

The national leader pointed out that during his tenure as President since 2013, the number of police officers has increased by more than 45,000 new officers.

The president said his government was committed to helping the officers carry out their duties effectively.

Despite the implementation of public health strategies not being the main responsibility of the national police service, the President said the courageous actions of police officers as well as the dedication of health officers helped to combat the epidemic.

Calling on all Kenyans to be role models in following the laws of this country, he also urged Kenyans to be allies of security agencies in the fight against crime.