Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Edward Mbugua has directed the police in the Western region to ensure that security prevails during the festive season.
Mbugua instructed the traffic police not to impound the overloaded vehicles but to instead have the extra passengers alight and board other vehicles to avoid inconveniencing travelers.
The DIG however, called on the drivers to stick to their respective routes, saying a change to unfamiliar route may lead to accidents.
Mbugua spoke this while meeting the Sub County, County and Regional Police bosses at the Regional Police Commissioner (RPC)’s Hall on Thursday.
He encouraged the officers to release petty offences suspects on bond to avoid congestion in cells and reduce unnecessary expenses incurred while holding them.
The DIG further asked the police to investigate cases before arresting the suspects as a way of observing due process.
The service’s second in command cautioned the officers against carrying cocked guns, citing fatal cases of accidental shootings.
He urged the police to take advantage of the Affordable Housing Programme (AHP), saying it allows one to pay for the house in installments for up to 18 years.
For one to apply for the house, they have to dial *688# which is the USSD code for applying for the AHP facilities.
The RPC, Peres Muthoni said they have organised special traffic enforcement strategies in collaboration with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) as well as other government agencies to ensure smooth traffic flow on the roads.
By Sammy Mwibanda/Remigius Maloba