PS Correctional Services Presides the Handover of National Countering VIolent Extremism in Prisons (CVE0P) Awareness-Raising Program
The Principal Secretary, State Department for Correctional Services, Ms. Salome M. Beacco, presided over the handover of the National Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons(CVE-P) Awareness-Raising Program on Tuesday, 18th July 2023 at a Hotel in Nairobi.
The PS was accompanied by the Commissioner General of Prisons, Brg (Rtd) John K. Warioba and the Prisons Staff Training Collage Commandant Angus Masoro.
In her remarks, the PS was glad that the Capacity building program for the staff was bearing fruits and mentioned that a total of 30,299 officers had been taken through the one-day Awareness-Raising course.
“Equally I wish to commend the Global Center on Cooperative Security, National Counterterrorism Centre, and Legal Resource Foundation for partnering with the State Department for Correctional Services through Kenya Prison Service in the development of the requisite curriculum and the delivery of capacity building program,” she said.
She urged The Commissioner General of Kenya Prisons to seize this opportunity to have the course included in the curriculum of the Prison Staff Training College so that everyone joining the service and those participating in in-service courses undertake the course.
The PS praised the achievements of the ongoing partnership that has positioned Kenya Correctional Services on the global map in terms of countering violent extremism.
She was pleased to note that different countries and Institutions in Africa and beyond have continued to benchmark with us in the area of countering Violent Extremism in Terrorism.
Ms. Salome thanked the Global Centre on Cooperative Security and Steering Group for Countering Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) program for inviting her to the handover ceremony and sent her sincere gratitude for the efforts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Australian Government for funding the CVE-P Awareness Raising Course.
“Kenya Prison Service has acquired a team of 80 experienced trainers stationed across the country, we have increased information-sharing and coordination on terrorism concerns between prisons stations and KPS Headquarters.” Commissioner General of Prisons John K. Warioba remarked in his address.
Also in attendance was the Director National Counterterrorism Centre, Dr. Rosalind Nyawira, Executive Director, High Commissioner, Australia High Commission H.E Luke Williams, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, Mr. Geir Arne Schei, Defence Attaché Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Nils Rienks, UN Office of Counterterrorism in Nairobi, Ms. Tammy Bunbury, EU Delegation to Nairobi Counterterrorism expert, Detention Advisor, British High Commission, Mr. Andy Nay