The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Foundation has today hosted a fundraising event for corporates at the Radisson Blu Hotel with the aim of raising funds for the Kilimani Police Station Redevelopment (KPSR) project. The event targeted to raise Ksh 370 Million.
The Kilimani Police Station Redevelopment project is a partnership between the Kilimani Project and KEPSA Foundations, the National Police Service, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Nairobi City County Government. As the first Public Private Partnership of its kind in the history of the Police force, the project envisions the transformation of the Kilimani Police Station to a model police station with modern facilities that will serve as the main police station and be a flagship project that will be replicated to other counties
The aim of the project is to build a harmonious relationship between the police service and the community by investing in their well-being through improved living and working conditions. This will involve the redevelopment and refurbishment of the station into an ultra-modern facility comprising of a research centre, gymnasium, a community policing office among other facilities.
Before the project began, the Kilimani Police Station was characterized by several inadequacies which included a rundown station, staff quarters accommodating 5 times the intended population, old discarded vehicles among others. In the two years since the initiation of the project, there has been a remarkable improvement in the state of the station.
Mr. Lee Karuri, the Chairman of the project Resource Mobilisation Committee, had this to say, “The relationship between the police service and the public is one that has long been characterized by a negative narrative. It is high time we changed this by seeing the police as friends and motivate them as they do their work. We need to remember the critical role they play in ensuring our security.”