Thika Police Gets Some Face-Lift.

National Police Service (NPS) on Wednesday unveiled a newly painted Thika Police Station, courtesy of Africa Spirits Limited. The partnership between NPS and Africa Spirits Ltd, a Thika-Based alcohol manufacturing company, has given the station a new look complete with a new coat of paint, water connections to the lavatories, renovation of  offices, repair of the water tanks among other repairs.

Speaking while presiding over the event, Director of Inspections, Assistant Inspector General Miriam Muli invited other private organisations to borrow a leaf and partner with their local police stations. This she noted, would go a long way in promoting community policing and improving the relationship between the police and local communities.

“We appreciate what Africa Spirits Limited has done to this station and we are extending our call to other private companies to partner with us in helping renovate our stations as part of their corporate social responsibility projects,” said Ms Muli.

Police officers all over the country have been living in deplorable conditions, a matter the Office of the inspector general says is being dealt with.

“The police department has been facing housing challenges in almost every station over the years, a matter that the Inspector General and the government is seriously looking into. Thika is far much better than other stations in the country,” she said.

She added that recently about 300 housing units were leased for officers in Nairobi and more projects are being done to improve the police welfare.

“A residential flat is almost complete here and more houses are being erected all over the country,” said Ms Muli.

While thanking the organisation, Ms. Muli urged police officers to take good care of renovated establishments by maintaining them properly. She also urged them to reciprocate by ensuring that they offered quality service to the public.

Antony Kagiri, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Africa Spirits Limited, noted that their organisation was at the forefront in promoting lasting Private-Public partnerships especially with the police.

He noted that the Police Service was one of their key stakeholders and that they were committed to painting and renovating four other police stations across the country. 

“Our organisation has noted the great strides made by police in securing our businesses and commercial establishments and we will reciprocate that gesture by giving police stations a new look,” said Kagiri. 

The company injected Sh. 3million into the project that started last year with Embakasi Police Division later Thika Police Division before proceeding to Narok, Athi River and Kiandutu Administration Police post in the near future.

“Our initial budget was Sh. 3million but we shall have to review it upwards to about Sh. 5million so as to enable us meet the identified needs. We are happy that the officers in this station now have a better working environment that we believe will enhance their service delivery to the citizens of this region,” said Kagiri.

The first phase of the refurbishment works was launched last year by the Inspector General of Police Mr. Joseph Boinnet.

Present at the function were the Kiambu County Commander Mr. James Mugera, OCPD Thika West Mr. Erastus Muthamia, officials from Africa Spirits Ltd among others.
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