Police in Baringo to involve Community Policing in Enforcing Logging Ban

Police in Baringo are collaborating with Community Policing Committees to enforce the ban on charcoal and logging in the County.

Speaking to the press at County Police Headquarters during a community outreach meeting on Friday, Baringo Police Boss, Smollets Munyianzi, said community policing committees have the first hand information in their areas.

They know the loggers who are cutting trees, burning and transporting charcoal and logs and can act as our informers, said the County Police Boss.

Munyianzi stated that they will not relent on those going against 90 days government ban on logging and those caught contravening it shall be dealt with severely.

We will not allow anybody to cut trees, transport and burn charcoal; we will immediately arrest that person, warned Munyianzi.

He noted that they will erect roadblocks in strategic points in the county during the period to prevent charcoal transportation and arrest those who will contravene the directive.

Munyianzi also urged the locals to report logging issues to the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) as well as the police so that the perpetrators can be apprehended and charged.

He was accompanied by County Director of Criminal Investigations, Festus Malinge and Head of Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC), Muthama Mutua.

SRIC, a Non-Governmental Organisation is researching on community policing while sensitizing both the community and police on the importance of community policing in eight counties.

Source: Kenya News Agency