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December 15, 2018

Boinnet rubbish claims 24,600 crime cases in 2015 involved police

Inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet
Inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet

Joseph Boinnet has refuted reports that uniformed police officers were involved in 24,647 cases of crime in 2015.

The Inspector General termed the claims in a report doing rounds on social media allegedly from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as false and misleading.

In a statement to the press on Monday, Boinnet said it was unfair to insinuate that police were involved in a chunk of the 72,490 criminal incidences reported at the time.

He said police were only involved in 71 cases.

"The national police service notes with concern continued comments, in references and quoting of misleading, inaccurate and distorted crime data purported to be contained in the Economic Survey, 2016 of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics," Boinnet said.

He said the data by KNBS was established to have been misinterpreted in respect to the National Police Service Crime Statistics of 2015.

He said the director general protested the reports and wrote to the chief editor Business Daily expressing their aggravations.

The national police service, in this regard, demanded for retraction of the misrepresentation to the concerned media.

"We therefore ask anybody or any entity to cease forthwith from commenting, quoting, misrepresenting that may lead to wrong analysis thus creating wrong impression," reads the statement.

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