Ochola Stops Sale of Police Forms

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While the Police forms are budgeted for, procured and distributed to all police stations, it has become a habit for police officers to ask unsuspecting members of the public to buy or photocopy them.

The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola has stopped Police officers from selling and asking members of the public to photocopy police forms.

"It has come to the attention of the police management that members of the public are made to photocopy the required relevant police forms/books for police station/posts during the process of reporting or investigation. This practice is irregular and must stop," reads an April 27th, 2018 message signed by Ochola.
 
According to the police standing orders, all forms and letters are meant to be free of charge and no person ought to buy or photocopy them. They include among others PF 18 (bond form), PF3 (medical examination form), PF2A (first page of the statement form) and PF2B (second page of statement form) among others.
 
While the Police forms are budgeted for, procured and distributed to all police stations, it has become a habit for police officers to ask unsuspecting members of the public to buy or photocopy them.
 
Some of the photocopier found in police premises and nearby, are owned by different people, some of them connected to the officers. Every year, Police allocates more than Shillings 500 to procure stationary.
 
 The Directorate of Logistics and Engineering prints millions of forms that are meant to be picked up by police commanders from each Region, District and Division, according to the needs of their areas.
 

Even though most police stations don't have printers and/or photocopiers, each station is given reams of plain paper to cater for emergencies. 

Although there is a genuine reason for making clients to photocopy the forms sometimes, in most cases the commanders don't pick the forms or simply store them and make people pay for them.
 
Ochola has now directed the Directorate of logistics to ensure all police stations and posts receive these forms. "You are therefore instructed to provide all stations with relevant forms and books starting with PF3, PF2A and PF2B. Stations to report receipt of the forms/books," reads the message.
 
 

 

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