The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has condemned an attack that left two police officers dead and several others injured on Sunday, September 3 at Ledhi in Mandera County.
In a press statement, IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori confirmed the attack stating that it targeted National Police Service (NPS) officers who were in their normal duties.
“The officers were on routine patrol when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device,” read part of the statement.
According to IPOA, preliminary reports indicate the incident was a cowardly act of terror.
Further, IPOA said it believes in the determination and unparalleled capabilities of the NPS to pursue and bring to justice all criminal elements trying to cause instability to the country.
“IPOA, in the strongest terms possible, condemns the actions of armed organised criminal groups that seek to threaten the peace and tranquility enjoyed by Kenyans,” read the statement.
Also, IPOA sent condolences to the Inspector General of Police, members of the NPS, the families and friends of the murdered officers.
“IPOA also wishes quick restoration of health for the officers who were injured in the attack,” said Makori.
In addition, Makori said IPOA will ensure Kenya attains and sustains the highest possible standards of policing.
This includes ensuring that all law enforcement officers are adequately cushioned while undertaking their crucial responsibility of securing the lives and property of Kenyans and residents in the country.
IPOA on when Police should use Force
In the statement, Makori also explained the conditions as to the use of force as per NPS act and service standing orders.
The conditions are as follows:
- A police officer shall always attempt to use non-violent means first.
- The force used shall be proportional to the objective to be achieved, the seriousness of the offence, and the resistance of the person against whom it is used.
- When the use of force results in injuries the police officers present shall provide medical assistance immediately and unless there are good reasons, failing to do so shall be a criminal offence.
- A police officer who uses any form of force shall immediately, report to his or her superior.
- Any use of force that leads to death, serious injury and other grave consequences shall be reported immediately to the Independent Police Oversight Authority.
- It shall be a disciplinary offence for a police officer to fail to report in accordance with these regulations.
- A police officer in uniform shall always affix a nametag or identifiable Service number in a clearly visible part of the uniform.
- Following the orders of a superior is no excuse for unlawful use of force.