It was a colourful and emotional moment for police Corporal Frederick Oramisi after his daughter graduated from NPS Main Campus in Kiganjo.
Sharon Ijeloti, who was among the 298 cadet officers who graduated on Thursday, was first among equals after she performed exceptionally well, earning praise from President Uhuru Kenyatta who was the chief guest at the ceremony.
"Corporal Oramisi, is stationed at Industrial Area police station, turned out in his tunic police ceremonial regalia, to witness his daughter perform one of the most distinguished assignments reserved for officers who have performed outstandingly," DCI said in a statement.
Ijeloti said she always wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and it's a dream come true.
"She is now two ranks ahead of her father who was full of pride and admiration for his daughter and jokingly said that he would gladly take orders from her since overtaking is allowed," DCI added.
The new police officers, 220 male and 78 female, form the largest cohort of direct entry inspectorate cadet officers to have been trained by the country since independence, and were recruited as part of the ongoing security sector reforms.
As part of the broad reforms, the President noted that 35,400 new officers had joined the National Police Service during his tenure saying, the rise in the numbers of security personnel was a retooling of the security sector so as to make Kenya a more secure and peaceful nation.
"Adding today’s numbers, the total number of police officers commissioned under my administration stands at Thirty Five Thousand and Four Hundred (35,400).
"This occasion is a highlight of the remarkable transformation we have continued to make in the tooling and retooling of our security organs, as we seek to solidify their capacity to make Kenya a secure and peaceful nation," the President said, and assured of Government's commitment to accelerate the reforms.
“This noble agenda has been realized through an acceleration of security sector reforms, enhanced resourcing and modernizing of the National Police Service in an effort to make it well prepared and resourced in surmounting the dynamic existential and emerging security challenges".
Regarding police welfare, the President said his administration had initiated a comprehensive medical insurance cover to benefit National Police and Kenya Prisons Service officers and their dependants.
Similarly, President Kenyatta said the Government had re-engineered police accommodation by introducing rental house allowances.
“These are two of the many initiatives my administration has put in place to bolster the welfare of our police,” President Kenyatta said, and directed the Inspector General of Police to ensure the soon-to-be-unveiled National Police Leadership College becomes a constituent college of the National Defence University of Kenya.
As part of his engagements at the National Police College, the Head of State opened the new leadership complex at the institution.