The National Police Service (NPS) on Monday, October 11 issued details on how one can easily know whether they are dealing with a fake cop.
Speaking in a local radio station, NPS spokesperson Bruno Shioso said that indeed there was a challenge as the number of fake police officers was increasing every other day.
He admits that fake cops usually go after members of the public and sometimes forcefully take money from them in what has been termed as ‘unprofessional’.
“It is very important for a police officer to identify themselves because of the nature of their work. This is because officers are powerful and other people can take advantage of that to give civilians sleepless nights,” he said.
Shioso said that police officers should always be in uniform and if he is known then he can always be allowed to go on with his operations.
According to the newly appointed spokesperson, it was very important for one to demand identification from officers who are dressed in uniform.
Also, one can go ahead and prove a police officer’s name and number from their job tags.
“If you are in uniform, you can have a name tag so that a reasonable person can know that this is a police officer,” he said.
However, he maintained that if an officer is armed and he is in the public then there is no need of causing any mayhem or drama.
He said that it was also very important for officers who are in civilian clothes to identify themselves as imposters usually take advantage of that.
This comes just days after activist Bonface Mwangi differed with uniformed police officers within a building located in the city.
The activist asked the officers who are attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) and were uniformed to also ask three individuals who were in plain clothes to identify themselves.
Recently, the Nairobi police boss banned police within the city from using civilian cars when undertaking undercover missions.