Kisii County Commissioner Alan Machari has urged police officers leading different teams to take care of junior officers to avoid losing them to depression and other social problems.
Addressing a police gathering at Agricultural Training Center (ATC) in the outskirts of Kisii town, Machari said that police officers also deserved attention like the rest of public servants.
“I want to remind you that if there have been services you lost and are not getting to you in the magnitude that you would have wished, the government through the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) is moving with time to ensure that they will be availed to you at this time in life,” Machari assured.
The County Commissioner also advised officers to take time off for self-assessment and recreation to pull themselves out of complex situations, saying that individuals were best keepers of themselves.
“You are the best keeper of yourself. You must call yourself to attention. Do not just sit and wait for someone to call you to attention. In everything you do, spare time for self-reflection,” Machari advised.
He assured the officers that the NPSC would help them to solve issues related to their losses in the line of duty.
Officers raised concern about long procedure of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) authorization process for emergency cases, promotions and tax exemption for officers living with disabilities by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) which NPSC chairperson Eliud Kinuthia promising to address the issues soon.
The County Commissioner was speaking during a meeting with NPSC that aimed at listening to police officers’ medical grievances and sensitizing them about the special medical assessment board launched at Kisumu earlier this week.
This follows complaints by police officers about the obstacles they experienced under NHIF and pioneer medical insurance covers.