NAIROBI, September 3 – More than 1,000 Administration Police (AP) officers have been transferred in a major reshuffle announced Wednesday morning.
The transfers affect officers serving countrywide, including those deployed in hardship areas in Northern Kenya.
A senior officer at the AP headquarters at Harambee House said the changes were normal and only aimed at improving service delivery.
“The changes are in line with our service code. Officers are regularly transferred to other areas to improve our services,” the source observed.
It is the first major transfer to be effected at the department since the beginning of this year.
Many of those transferred were officers who were deployed to provide security in various parts of the country at the height of the post election violence, mainly in the Rift Valley.
They had been sent to restore peace in the Province on a temporary basis, but ended up serving for much longer.
In the changes announced on Wednesday, the officers were ordered to report to their new stations immediately.
Officers with the ranks of Constable, Corporal and Sergeant are most affected.
There are more than 50,000 Administration Police officers deployed across the country.
The department has recently embarked on an expeditious recruitment drive targeting servicemen from the National Youth Service (NYS), who undergo a four-month course before they are formally recruited as APs.
The first group of former NYS personnel will be joining the police later this month after completing a rigorous training regime, mainly on handling firearms and the AP service charter.
According to AP Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua, the new programme is aimed at increasing the department’s capacity to restore security in the country.
The new programme now allows the AP and regular police to recruit twice a year, up from the traditional single recruitment drive every year.
“We want to improve our service delivery because the country’s population is growing,” Mbugua said during a recent workshop at the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE).