37 senior police officers to be vetted afresh

February 2, 2016 1:16 pm
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Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said the officers will be vetted afresh with more attention being accorded to specific areas they feel could have been misconstrued/FILE
Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said the officers will be vetted afresh with more attention being accorded to specific areas they feel could have been misconstrued/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 2 – The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has approved 37 petitions by senior police officers who appealed last year’s decision to dismiss them.

They were among 62 officers sacked after they failed to meet the set threshold on competence and suitability.

Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said the officers will be vetted afresh with more attention being accorded to specific areas they feel could have been misconstrued.

Ten of those officers were invited for fresh vetting on Tuesday in an exercise that will run until Friday this week.

Recently, the commission dismissed seven senior police officers after they failed the vetting process.

The officers are of the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police, same cohort with the ones to be re-vetted.

The review, according to Kavuludi can be based on “some mistake or error apparent on the face of the record or any reason that the commission considers just and proper.”

The next cohort to be vetted represents the backbone of policing services in the country.

According to the commission, it includes Chief Inspectors and Inspectors of Police both from Kenya Police and Administration Police posts, “the basic units of service delivery and the beginning point of the criminal justice system.”

Others to be vetted include officers of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and traffic police officers. Kavuludi says the commission is in the process of compiling a list of all these officers who number about 12,000.

Apart from the commission’s website, this list will be available on the NPS and mygov.go.ke websites.

The process is being conducted pursuant to Article 246 of the Constitution and the National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3) which stipulates that members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence.

Officers who satisfy the commission with regard to competence and suitability will be retained and those who do not will be removed from the service. The overall objective of the vetting is to build confidence and trust in the National Police Service.

The applicable vetting standards include officers’ satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human rights.

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