Japhet Koome Sworn In As Police Inspector General
Japheth Nchebere Koome, the fourth Inspector General of the National Police Service, was sworn in today at the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Justice Martha Koome, presided over the ceremony.
The new IG is set to assume a leadership position in exercising autonomous command over the National Police Force and reshaping it into a service that is responsive to the demands of all Kenyans in terms of public safety and security.
A joint committee of both chambers of Parliament that reviewed the nominee's vetting on Tuesday approved Koome to be the new IGP.
During the vetting, Koome vowed to conduct himself professionally and to put an end to police officer corruption.
Senators urged Koome to address the incidences of insecurity that appeared to be growing daily, particularly in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, as they were discussing the report.
Additionally, Koome was urged to resolve the issues of police corruption, the welfare of the police officers, cattle rustling in Baringo County
Noor Gabow who has been the acting police IG has now handed over to Japheth Koome who takes from the retired IG, Hillary Mutyambai.
Koome has spent the last 31 years working for the police after joining the then-Kenya Police Force in 1991 as a police constable.
He has a Bachelor of degree in science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi in 1990.
Before the IG post, Koome held the positions of Commandant at National Police College Main Campus-Kiganjo, Principal Assistant to the Deputy Inspector General at Vigilance House, and Head of the Nairobi Police Department.