AP Nancy Mirasi receiving her 'Best Human Rights Officer'category award from interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery
The police force is one institution that Kenyans loves to hate. From the variety of unsavory nicknames given to it's officers, to the open hostility and loathing show to them, relations between the public and police officers have never been worse. But then on Friday 5 May 2017, the Outstanding Police Service Awards (OPSA) held at Hotel Intercontinental Nairobi, highlighted the fact that even behind the ugly face of the beast that we know as the police service, humane officers doing their work diligently and respectfully; and even going beyond the call of duty, exist. From rescuing children in danger, to setting up spaces for the weak and infirm in their stations. Not only do some officers respect human rights, they go the extra mile in ensuring that the environments that they work in respect the dignity of fellow officers and citizens. Nothing warms the heart more than seeing police officers making a difference.
As a member of the Police Reforms Working Group, Amnesty International Kenya has been at the forefront in ensuring that the police force is accountable to the public. Much as it will call out wrongs, it will also appreciate and recognize jobs well done. We sought out the officers awarded to celebrate the important work they do in the republic, and to give a symbolic bow to excellence. Keep posted here for the series of personal life stories of these officers which we will feature here to inspire citizens and also other members of the armed forces. A just and humane world is possible.