Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangí and his Information Communication Technology counterpart, Mr. Joe Mucheru presided over the ground-breaking ceremony of an ultra-modern security command centre at the Konza Technopolis.
The project under the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) features a Police Station, security barrier, entrance feature, fire station, emergency response unit and an emergency response centre. It will also act as a benchmark in the quest by the authority to adapt to the future of policing.
Speaking at the event CS Matiangí said that Konza Technopolis is a reality and expressed gratitude to elected leaders in the area for supporting the project.
Construction of the centre, he added, marks the beginning of a major milestone with regard to setting the standards for policing in Kenya and in the region.
The CS stressed that in order to protect property and properly investigate crimes, there is need to change the approach to policing. “Technology adoption has impacted the way people in everyday life act and also how crimes are committed. We therefore must adopt and integrate new technologies into our operations as this is the police service of the future,” he added.
Technological advancement has led to significant advances in policing, for instance the adoption of automatic number plate recognition. With recent trends showing that most crimes now have a digital footprint, digital forensics and investigations can no longer be the preserve of a specific unit, Dr. Matiangí said.
ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Joe Mucheru said the state of the art security centre which is expected to be completed by the end of the year will have the latest technology, adding that physical security and cybersecurity was paramount.
“Commencement of the construction of this centre is, therefore, a major step towards this purpose as it will enable smooth and efficient security operations within the Technopolis,” he said.
The Konza Security Command Centre, he added, will be built to international standards to ensure that investors and future inhabitants are assured of their safety, as this is critical for the growth of the Technopolis.
Additionally, the centre will also be important in the Technopolis’ rapid response to security incidents and potential disasters such as fires, as the same have been incorporated in the project’s plan