The expulsion ceremony was presided over by Assistant Police Inspector Ronald Opilli.
Over 100 National Police Reservists (NPR) drawn from various sub-counties in Laikipia County have graduated on Thursday in a pass-out ceremony presided over by Assistant Inspector General of Police Ronald Opilli.
The trainees had been taken through four weeks of rigorous training in Rumuruti. The training involved weapons handling, field navigation, first aid and minor tactics.
Laikipia County will now become the first among the 13 counties to have in-house trained National Police Reservists, five of whom are women. Laikipia County now has 360 trained NPRs
The Director of National Police Reservists challenged the recruits to serve the country with professionalism and loyalty.
He added that the training is a testament to the government’s determination to guarantee the safety and security of its citizens and their property.
He, however, cautioned the recruits against misusing firearms or their uniforms and said that after investigations, they will be brought to court and prosecuted according to police laws.
Speaking during the pass-out, Laikipia North MP Sarah Lekorere challenged the newly recruited NPRs to be patriotic and use their skills and firearms to protect the people they are mandated to protect.
She also pleaded with the National Police Service and the National Government to add more NPRs in Laikipia County which has been experiencing cattle rustling for a long time.
The lawmaker also promised to build modern police stations in every ward of her constituency.
She blamed regional leaders who she claimed had a hand in the cattle rustling in the area. As a remedy, she challenged the leaders of the pastoral areas to convene a meeting to consider the solution to the incessant cattle rustling.
On his part, Laikipia County Secretary Koinange Wahome, who represented the governor, urged the recruits to always work with other security apparatuses in the county to ensure that cattle rustling ends.
He also assured the residents of the county government’s resolve to work with the trainers to modernize the training facilities for the NPRs in Rumuruti.