THE ROLE OF
TRAFFIC POLICE DEPARTMENT
- Prevention of road accidents.
- Investigation of road accidents
and maintenance of data.
- Provision of free flow of traffic
along the roads/escorts of VIPs.
- Enforcement of bill traffic laws
- Apprehension/prosecution of traffic
- Creation of road safety awareness
to the public through the media, lectures in schools/institutions
and public places.
- Collection of accident statistics/data
including research/planning countrywide.
- Offering information concerning
traffic matters to the press/media and the public
- Enforce the axle – load
regulations in conjunction with Ministry of Public
Works at the weighbridges
- Carrying out Annual inspections
of all Public service vehicles, commercial and private
vehicles prior to licensing or registration.
- Inspection and certification of
road worthiness of vehicles on the road
Inspection of accident vehicles to ascertain/determine
the pre accident defects.
- Testing of drivers and issuances
of certificate of competence.
- Monitoring the movement of Government
- Recruitment, training and deployment
of Traffic Police officers.
- Any other traffic matters as may
be directed from time to time
UNDER TRAFFIC POLICE DEPARTMENT
(i) Government Vehicles
(ii) Driving Test Unit
(iii) Highway Patrol Unit
(iv) Axle – Load Enforcement Unit
(v) Motor Vehicle Inspection Branch
(vi) Road Safety Section
(vii) Traffic training Centre
BACKGROUND OF POLICE TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT
The first Traffic section
was established in 1954 at Police Headquarters in Nairobi.
Its mandate was to monitor and maintain records of Traffic
related cases. Due to the increase in vehicular traffic,
in 1960 Nairobi Area Traffic Branch was formed under
Mr. J. W. Newman ASP. As the Traffic operations continued
to expand countrywide, Mr. Shashi Kantbhai Raval SSP
was appointed the Staff Officer Traffic Operations at
Police Headquarters in 1968 to oversee Traffic matters
in the country.
After the appointment
of Staff officer traffic, training of Traffic officers
ensued followed by posting of traffic officers to Machakos,
Kiambu, Nyeri and Nakuru Divisions under their respective
OCPDs. In 1973 Highway Traffic Operations was created
and its headquarters located to the current Traffic
Department Headquarters (former G S U Camp) in Ruaraka.
Mr. S. K. Raval ACP was appointed the first Commandant
and the same year additional Traffic Patrol Bases were
established in Makindu, Naivasha, Kisumu, Eldoret, Mombasa,
Voi and Nairobi. Base Commanders directly under the
Commandant were posted to head the bases for effective
traffic management. Mariakani and Athi River Weighbridges
became operational in 1976 and 1979 respectively. Thereafter
more bases were opened in other districts along the
Highway. In 1985 Highway Traffic operations changed
its title to Police Traffic Department. In 2003 Traffic
Department was restructured and all the bases countrywide
were handed over to respective Provincial Police Officers
for both administrative and operational management.
The Commandant Traffic Department was however mandated
to manage the following;
- Government Vehicles Check Unit
- Driving Test Unit
- Motor Vehicle Inspection Branch
- Road safety section
In the year 2005, the
Commissioner of Police made another reorganization and
established Highway Patrol Unit under the Traffic Department.
The role of the unit is to curb highway robbery and
to enforce traffic rules along the main highways countrywide.
The Department has had
ten Commandants since its inauguration as follows;
- Mr. S. K. Raval S/ACP from 1973 to 1984
- Mr. J. K. Kimutai DCP “ 1984 “ 1995
- Mr. H. I. Dzombo DCP “ Mar 1995 “ Aug
- Mr. E. K. Lagat S/ACP “ Aug 1995 “ Dec
- Mr. G. M. Mwathe DCP “ Dec 1995 “ Jun
- Mr. J. M. K. Matagaro DCP “ Aug 1996 “
- Mr. P. F. Abong’o DCP “ Feb 1997 “
- Mr. S. A. Angote DCP “ Mar 1999 “ Jul
- Mrs. M. M. Mwangangi DCP “ Jul 2000 “
- Mr. Daudi Kyalo S/ACP “ 2004 “ May 2008
- MR AGGREY J. ADOLI
S/ACP May 2008
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