Kenya: Kisii police officers will be trained in emotional intelligence

Nairobi – A section of Kisii County police officers is expected to benefit from the emotional intelligence training program following the increase in cases of mental illness among law enforcement officers in the country.

The four-day program that began on Wednesday aims to empower security officers to deal with emotions, stress and work-related challenges, according to a statement released by the National Police Service.

“With the aim of imparting and equipping officers with knowledge about self-control, easier adjustment to work-related challenges, teamwork and self-awareness, the Kisii County Commandant’s Office sponsored 17 officers to be trained in the emotional intelligence course by the Kenya Institute of Business and Counseling (KIBCo), “the police statement said.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to perceive, use, understand, manage, and deal with emotions. People with high emotional intelligence can recognize their own emotions and those of others, use emotional information to guide thought and behavior, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, and adjust emotions to suit themselves. adapt to environments.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday urged police officers to seek alternative solutions to the challenges they face instead of resorting to firearms.

Kenyatta, who was speaking when he appointed new recruits to the General Service Unit (GSU), said speaking out is one way to deal with mental stress, especially in the police force.

“There are many challenges in this world, and mental health is a real issue as well, but it is a problem that can be solved if you reach out. There is no need to do the things that we keep doing. ‘to be witnesses,’ he said. The weapon is meant to protect lives. “

He spoke a day after a police officer based in Kabete, Nairobi, killed his wife over a domestic feud before embarking on a shootout on Waiyaki Way that left 5 dead.

The officer then committed suicide.

The incident that sparked chaos for most of Tuesday morning highlighted the grim picture of mental health among law enforcement officers across the country.

“I want to assure you that as a government we want to work towards solving these mental health issues, however, I want to call you in particular, that if you are having difficulty either at home or at work , look at someone to talk to, ”Kenyatta added.

In recent years, the country has also seen an increase in suicide cases among security guards stationed in various parts of the country, which has been largely blamed on mental illness.

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