At least 57 police and prison officers have died in the line of duty in 2022 alone according to Inspector General of police Japhet Koome.
The fallen heroes and heroines include 30 from the Kenya police, 19 from the Administration Police, four from the Kenya Prisons Service and three from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
Koome, who was speaking during a memorial service for the 57 fallen heroes and heroines at the National Police Service College in Embakasi on Friday morning, said some of the officers were killed by thugs, warning that the police will no longer hold back when dealing with thugs.
“This is a warning to thugs. We can’t sit and wait for you,” he said.
Last month, a police officer in morale also turned the gun on three of his colleagues before shooting himself.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki said the government will take care of the families of those who departed so far.
In September, eight police officers were killed in a bandit attack in Turkana East following an ambush. The officers were killed alongside a Chief and a woman by suspected Pokot bandits.
The security convoy, which was pursuing a gang of heavily armed bandits suspected to be from the neighbouring Baringo county, comprised of GSU, NPRs and General duty personnel.