Corporates partner to revamp Kilimani Police Station

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KEPSA Foundation Chair Lee Karuri gives his remarks during the KEPSA Foundation Kilimani Police Station Redevelopment Project fundraiser cocktail held at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
KEPSA Foundation Chair Lee Karuri gives his remarks during the KEPSA Foundation Kilimani Police Station Redevelopment Project fundraiser cocktail held at the Radisson Blu Hotel. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Foundation on Thursday hosted an event at Radisson Blue Hotel in Nairobi to raise funds for the refurbishment of Kilimani Police Station.

The project, dubbed Kilimani Police Station Redevelopment (KPSR), is the first public private partnership of its kind and it aims to raise Ksh. 370 million to recondition Kilimani Police Station which serves several neighbourhoods affiliated with major corporate headquarters, embassies and educational institutions.

The revamp will see the police station, which has been plagued by several inadequacies such as sub-par facilities and vehicles, get an ultra-modern facility comprising of a research centre, gymnasium and a community policing office among other facilities.

According to Mr. Lee Karuri the Chairman of the project Resource Mobilisation Committee, the project seeks to transform the police station into a model facility that can help the police force carry out its public mandate effectively.

“Revamping the station will help elevate the status of the station given that it’s one of the most important divisions in the country. Since the initiation of this project, KPRS has managed to sink a borehole for enhanced water access, removing old damaged vehicles and tree planting activities in the station,” Mr. Karuri commented.

Mr. Karuri similarly underscored that the revamp will go a long way in downplaying the negative stereotypical views that most Kenyans have towards the police.

“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. KPRS is at the fore front to ensure that we create a community that embraces the police who selflessly provide to the citizens with protection of their lives and properties,” Mr. Karuri added.

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