Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Psyche of a Kenyan Police Officer

The average police officer's job requires that he makes instant street decisions of the wisest and least provocative caliber yet he was not tested for emotional stability before joining the force. He has an ambivalent view of his work and often regrets joining the force.

He feels that he is only a cog in a machine. He believes that much of the public regards him with contempt and hostility. Attitude samplings show too, that he is prejudiced against women, youth and low income earners. He has little appreciation of the psychology and culture of these populations. He is aware that fellow officers often treat citizens with rudeness, abuse and even roughness.

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