NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 23 – The chairman of the National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi says the recruitment of 7,000 new officers on Thursday was largely successful.
“We did not have many problems, everything went on well,” Kavuludi said on telephone.
He said that they are now compiling the final list of successful applicants which will be published in local dailies next week.
Successful candidates are expected to report to the Police College in Kiganjo and the Administration Police Training College in Embakasi in two weeks time for a one-and-a-half year programme.
The exercise had a low moment however, when a 20-year-old candidate collapsed and died moments after winning a six kilometre run in Keroka.
Unlike in the past, this time the recruitment exercise was conducted for one day to curb corruption and lobbying of any kind.
Officials from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission and civil society organisation Usalama Forum monitored the exercise.
During the recruitment, applicants were required to indicate if they intend to join the regular or Administration Police.
Kavuludi said the recruitment will be a major boost for the law enforcement agencies whose capacity does not meet the required UN standards.
The successful candidates will be the second lot to undergo an upgraded training course lasting 18 months, unlike in the past when recruits used to go through a nine-month course to become police officers.
The UN recommends a police to population ration of 1:450 while Kenya stands at a ratio of 1:800.