Video by GSU graduants is regrettable, police bosses say

The National Police Service has condemned a group of the newly graduated General Service Unit officers who recorded themselves and released a video while making remarks which the police bosses have termed as “irresponsible and reckless.”

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, NPS said the behavior portrayed in the clip was unacceptable.

“Attention of the National Police Service is drawn to a video clip circulating on social media depicting newly graduated General Service Unit (GSCU) officers recording themselves as they make some irresponsible and reckless remarks,” read in part the statement.

In the video clip, the fairly young looking and overly exited officers are seen boasting that they “are coming out” and that this was the “bad squad in red beret.” One of the officers is heard shouting that they belong to squad 26. 

“We wish to clarify and assure the public that the behavior portrayed in the clip is not acceptable and does not reflect the values of the GSU, Kenya Police Service and the National Police Service,” added NPS.

The statement added that all graduants went through a rigorous value-based training modelled on democratic policing principles and designed to make them responsive and responsible officers of the law at the service of the citizens.

“The oath of allegiance they took as part of their graduation is a testament to the sanctity of their duty to service. The remarks as made in the clip are therefore regrettable and stand condemned,” said NPS.

The service announced that an internal review is ongoing with a view of preferring appropriate measures regarding the incident.

The statement was released barely hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the 48th passing-out-parade of 2,502 new GSU officers at the National Police College Embakasi B Campus in Nairobi.

He tasked the new officers to serve the country with courage, integrity and discipline. 

The President urged the new officers to uphold the law and abide by the rules and regulations of the service while safeguarding the rights and freedoms of Kenyans. 

“To serve successfully you must uphold the law, abide by all applicable rules and regulations, follow the orders of your superior officers and above all, commit to serving this nation with courage, integrity, discipline and honour,” he said. 

The president commended the GSU’s reputation for bravery, excellence and unfailing commitment to duty, advising the new officers to embrace discipline and talk to their seniors whenever faced with problems instead of engaging in acts of lawlessness and despair.

Acknowledging that the officers are joining the security sector at a time when the society at large is experiencing significant transformation and advancements in technology and external cultural influences, President Kenyatta asked them to adapt to the dynamic security environment.

“You will, therefore, be required to operate in an environment that is quite distinct from that which prevailed at the beginning of this century. The needs and expectations of Kenyans have also increased, particularly since the promulgation of the new Constitution in the year 2010,” the President said.

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