, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – More than 7,000 candidates who will be recruited to join the Kenya Police and Administration Police will undergo an intensive training for 15 months including three months of internship in line with a new training curriculum unveiled on Monday.
The training curriculum developed by the Police Reforms Implementation Committee (PRIC) and the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) has also raised the entry requirements for candidates to a minimum of C plain grade at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination.
Previously, police recruits were required to have a minimum of D plain to undergo nine months of training at the Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo or Administration Police Training College in Embakasi.
“Things have changed now, we have raised the bar. All candidates intending to join the police must be thoroughly vetted to ensure we have suitable candidates,” Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti who officiated at the launch of the new training curriculum said.
He said the curriculum has been designed to also include lessons on respect for human rights, community policing as well as public relations and customer care.
“We want to have a police that suits the requirements of the 21st century and one that can match the international standards,” he added.
Chairman of the Police Implementation Committee Titus Naikuni said the new curriculum was part of the on-going police reforms initiatives which is working to improve service delivery on security matters.
“The curriculum has been reviewed to enable police officers who will undergo 15 months of intensive training to be more suitable in serving the public diligently and responsibly so as to meet the international set standards for democratic policing,” he said at the launch held in Embakasi.
Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said apart from the new recruits who will be enlisted in May, already more than 18,000 serving police officers have undergone attitude change courses across the country.
He said the government is committed to not only ensure that new recruits are equipped with skills of proper and acceptable policing but it is also determined to ensure that the ones who are already serving are trained as well.
With the introduction of the new courses, Mr Iteere said he expects the police force to transform fully by ensuring that all police officers serving under him adhere fully to the law.
“The police will cover 2,100 hours of basic training and will be examined and certified for graduation with certificates in policing. The cadets will cover 2,940 hours of training and will be examined and certified for graduation with a Post graduate Diploma in policing,” he said.
Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia announced that the unveiling of the new police curriculum will pave way for the recruitment of the police which was frozen in 2009 to allow for a comprehensive reform in both the AP and regular police.
“Everything is now ready, once this curriculum is unveiled, we are going to start a major recruitment exercise sometimes next month,” he said.
Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua said the new curriculum will help officers understand the need to actively gather intelligence on security matters before undertaking any action.
“Times have changed and our police officers must change, even the public must change too. There is need to have an intelligence-based policing method in the country,” Mr Mbugua said.
The new police training curriculum was developed with the help of the KIE, various public institutions, UN agencies specialised in gender issues and international experts from the Institute of Police Education Linnaeus University of Sweden and experts from the National Police Improvement Agency of UK.
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