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Cops to get phase II pay rise by July

NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 14 – The government intends to pay out the second phase of salary increments to police officers by July this year.

Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia has revealed that some Sh5 billion will be set aside to cater for the increment of all regular and Administration Police officers. Prison warders will also benefit from the increment.

"The government is professionalising the Police Service and in order to match the terms of service of our police officers we intend to raise their salaries in the next Financial Year starting June," he announced when he attended a function in Nyandarua County on Sunday.

The amount of money set aside will be contained in the next financial budget which will be read out in June.

He said that the increment is in tandem with the recommendations made by the Titus Naikuni-led Commission that oversees Police reforms in the country.

The first phase of salary increments to police officers was effected in July last year and the second was scheduled to be implemented in July this year. The third phase will be effected in July next year.

When the first phase was implemented in on July 7 last year, Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti announced that the three-year implementation program was aimed at boosting the morale of the law enforcement agents.

Last year, police officers were awarded a 28 percent pay increase where the lowest paid police officer – a constable under job group PG1 took home Sh21,205 up from Sh18,155 which was being paid to them at the time.

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"At the end of the three years, the lowest salary package will have risen from Sh18, 155 to Sh34, 000 per month inclusive of common allowances," Prof Saitoti said at the time.

"The second and third [phases] will have more significant increases when the allowances for uniformed officers in specialized areas of the police services will be reviewed," the Minister said.

A new salary structure for the Police, Prison services and APs released last year showed that the minimum basic salary and allowances for a corporal under job group PG2 who currently earns Sh35, 235 will take home Sh42, 800 once the third phase is implemented.

The rank of a Sergeant under job group 3 – a rank shared across the three disciplined services – will take home Sh45, 940 up from the current Sh37, 845.

An Inspector of Police of job group PG5 currently earns Sh56, 450 will take home approximately Sh60,000 inclusive of allowances while a Superintendent of Police under job group PG6 who currently earns Sh77, 135 will take home an extra Sh4,000.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police or Commandant of the AP/Prisons under job group PG 9 is currently paid Sh85,000 but will now earn Sh92,000.

Prof Saitoti said that the government was keen to ensure that the disciplined forces are covered against the risks inherent in their jobs.

This year, the government intends to recruit more than 7,000 security personnel to cater for the newly established administrative units and the high demand of security personnel in the country.

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