A graduate police officer died under mysterious circumstances at the National Police College Embakasi ‘A’ Campus in Nairobi, while training with his colleagues.
Police reports indicated that the officer collapsed in the wee hours of Tuesday, November 22, during an orientation exercise to familiarize the cadet officers with the morning run route.
The departed officer was attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters Land Fraud Unit.
He was among 1,048 of graduate officers who had reported to various training camps across the country on Friday, November 18 to participate in the special module before being promoted to the rank of inspector.
600 of them were deployed to Kiganjo, 228 to Embakasi A campus and the rest, 220 to Embakasi B Campus respectively.
Assistant Inspector General Commandant at the Embakasi Campus ‘A’ James Kamau confirmed the incident stating that the officer died on Tuesday, November 22.
“The officer was immediately rushed to the Campus health facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
He had no physical injury and had not complained of any sickness before the exercise,” Kamau detailed.
The body of the deceased was transferred to Kenyatta University Mortuary awaiting a postmortem to determine the cause of death.
The Inspector-General of Police approved the training of the graduate police constables to undertake the special subordinate officer to Inspectorate graduate course, that would enhance service delivery.
Special training was organised following complaints of mistreatment and deduction of salaries contrary to the law.
Since President William Ruto took over, reforms have been ongoing in the Police Service, including disbandment of some units, reshuffles and reorganizations.
According to Ruto, the reforms are aimed at ensuring that police serve the public and not political interests.
Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua have accused former President President Uhuru Kenyatta of misusing the police to persecute political opponents especially in the run up to the August 2022 elections.