, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – The recruitment of 10,000 police officers kicked off on Monday in 294 recruitment centres nationwide.
According to recruitment regulations gazetted by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, the exercise will be conducted in all 290 constituencies across the country and four other centres including the NYS Headquarters and CID Training School in South C.
The exercise comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Inspector-General to expedite recruitment of the 10,000 officers after last year exercise was nullified by the High Court.
President Kenyatta blamed insecurity in the country on a shortage of police officers after the Garissa University College terror attack that claimed 148 lives.
The exercise will be monitored by the rights groups and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority after the previous one was called off after it was marred by irregularities.
Special consideration has been given to Wajir South, Wajir North, Saku, Laisamis, Moyale, Turkana North and Isiolo North constituencies, which have been granted two centres each, on account of the geographic expanse.
Candidates must be Kenyan citizens with a Kenyan National ID, have a minimum qualifications of D+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination with a D+ in either English or Kiswahili languages.
They should be physically and medically fit and should not have a criminal record or pending criminal charges.
Applicants should be aged between 18 and 28 years for holders of KCSE Examination Certificate or its equivalent, and up to 30 years for diploma and degree holders.
Female candidates must not be pregnant at recruitment and during the entire nine-month training period.