Eldoret police benefit after counselling desks are established in all stations

Counselling desks to assist police officers grappling with stress-related issues have been established in all the nine police stations in Eldoret. 

Uasin Gishu Deputy County Commander Zacchaeus Ngeno said the programme was initiated by disciplined forces right from the National Police Headquarters to address increasing incidents of fatalities involving police officers, which are attributed to stress.

Speaking at Baharini Police Station on Monday, Ngeno said they had also been assigned a chaplain who will be preaching and praying for them while they undergo counselling.

Cases of Police Officers ending their lives have become so rampant Ngeno said as he advised fellow officers who might be experiencing challenges in the course of duty or in the family level not to shy off from seeking help.

The Deputy county police boss said they are also given Bibles to read and seek divine intervention as they manage stress.

Cases of police officers losing their lives in the line of duty have increased across the country with the latest being case where a Police Officer killed himself over the weekend at Maili Inne on the outskirts of Eldoret town.

The deceased, an Inspector of police committed suicide in his house after setting the house on fire.

Turbo Sub County Police Commander Edward Masibo said the officer locked himself in the house before setting it on fire using a mattress in unclear circumstances.

“We have launched investigations to determine what happened because it is not clear what motivated the officer to take his own life,” said Ngeno.

According to Masibo, the officer was said to have chased his children out of the house before setting the house ablaze using Gas and mattresses.

Masibo also called on fellow police officers to share their problems with other officers or persons they trust to prevent such incidents that have increased this year.

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