Earlier this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the government would be modernising the National Police Service. He was speaking when he presided over the closing ceremony of the three-day Inspector General’s Conference at the Police Pavilion grounds, South C in January.
The President promised to equip the service with modern equipment in order to improve efficiency of the police force.
Besides equipping the force with armoured personnel carriers, Uhuru promised to modernize the Police Air Wing to improve air support capacity.
“As of today, two MI 17 Helicopter troop carriers have been taken in for complete overhaul, while a new helicopter has been procured, and will be arriving in the country in the next few weeks,” said the President.
It was anticipated by June this year that the force would have two new helicopters, and three refurbished units.
On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet were at the Police Airwing base at Wilson Airport to check on the progress.
One of the MI 17 choppers, 5Y-NPS, which arrived in the country earlier this month, is already airworthy and was put through tests on Wednesday.
Here are the photos:
Here are some earlier photos when the chopper arrived: