The Administration Police has a long history of being a separate department of the Interior ministry. It was formed by the colonial administration in 1958, taking over from the so-called Tribal Police.
For years it was widely held that APs were un-bribable, meaning that much of the rest of the police force already was susceptible.
The AP has always had paramilitary training and better weapons and equipment, including a well-maintained vehicle fleet that is the envy of many a National Police Service commander. Its Rapid Deployment Unit, formed in 2000, is the only section of the police service that receives tactical training by US Marines.
The AP’s three arms, the Rapid Deployment Unit, Emergency Response Unit, the Rural Border Patrol Unit and the Security of Government Buildings-VIP Unit have always required a highly trained and fully equipped force.
It makes no sense for the police to continue to have two separate, even overlapping and redundantly competing, services. What should be done with the proposed merger and single command that has provoked such a hue and cry inside the AP is that the police service in its entirety be made as well-trained and equipped as its paramilitaries of the AP and the GSU.
Perhaps the merger will also ensure the AP never again falls prey to dominant political forces as happened in the 2007-08 post-election violence crisis.
Quote of the day: “There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism.” — US economist Henry George died on October 29, 1897