British Peace Support Team supporting Kenyan Rural Border Police to stop theft of weapon systems along Somali border

BPU and BPST
The Kenyan Border Police Unit has teamed up with the BPST to deliver armouries to remote regions along the Somali border. Photo: BPST_A

The British Peace Support Team (BPST) Africa have joined forces the Kenyan Rural Border Police Unit (RBPU) to help stop the theft of weapon systems by ensuring armouries are delivered safely to remote regions located along the border with Somalia.

Stopping the theft of weapon systems is seen as key in controlling who has access to them legally.

BPU and BPST
Stopping the theft of weapon systems is seen as key in controlling who has access to them legally. Photo: Twitter/BPST_A

In 2013, the British Government donated equipment to the Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) to  enhance their ability to patrol and monitor the challenging terrain along Kenya’s borders. The equipment, valued at total of £600,000, consisted of three secure High Frequency radios, 23 vehicles and 55 trauma medical packs.

BPU and BPST
This isn’t the first time the Border Police Unit has received support from the UK. Photo: Twitter/BPST_A

Two troop carrying trucks, two water-bowsers, 37 VHF secure radios and 12 hand-held metal detectors to the Kenyan Government for use by the RBPU on the Kenya-Somali border were also donated by the British High Commission the year before.

The basic equipment cost was totalled at £600,000 with the vehicles costing £530,000, radios £55,000 and medical kits £15,000.

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