Airtel has connected Embakasi Police Station in Nairobi Kenya, to the internet for free. The telco company said that this is expected to provide seamless and effective internet connection to the station, with an aim of helping the police in improving the public security and ease communication between the police officers in the station, the local community and other security agents.
This will also give them access to security related information and news provided through the Internet which will aid their duties of serving members of the public. The device which has a fixed SIM card in it will also doubles as a mobile device, enabling the officers from the station to make and receive calls. The hotline number 0732804012 will ease communication between the police and the community at large in dealing with crime related matters.
In a statement, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said, “At Airtel, we acknowledge the fact that security is one of the key factors that influence the growth of businesses in the country. It is with this reason that we saw the important of ensuring that police officers in this station are able to access affordable and reliable communication which will open up superior channels of communication, giving them the opportunity to take security control to a whole new level.”
Embakasi Police Station OCPD Apolo Wanyonyi emphasized the importance of communication in fighting crime, saying that the availability of high-speed internet connection will ensure timely and efficient communication between the police officers at the station and the community that they serve.