NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – The vetting of police officers will commence after the County Commanders of Police are appointed.
According to the chairman of the National Police Service Commission Johnston Kavuludi, the positions of County Commanders will be advertised within next two weeks.
“The timing will have to come after we have carried out identification, interviewing and appointments of persons to be county police commanders but we are ready to proceed,” Kavuludi said adding that the interviews will be public just like that those done when recruiting the Inspector General.
Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day seminar organized by his commission, Kavuludi also confirmed that the vetting guideline has been finalised and tested.
“We have done a lot of background work that will be seen once the process takes off. We have worked on the vetting tool; we have tested it, other organizations interested in police reforms have given us their views,” he asserted.
Section 7(2) of the National Police Service Act provides that: “All officers shall undergo vetting by the Commission to assess their suitability and competence.
Section 7 (3) further provides that: “The Commission shall discontinue the service of any police officer who fails in the vetting.”
Kavuludi said that the vetting exercise will start from police headquarters with the high ranking officers to others in lower ranks.
He said that the police reform agenda was still on course and that the commission was also now ready to kick off the process of recruiting assistants to the Inspector General.
“The fact that we have been quiet could mean that there is nothing moving in terms of police reforms but we worked behind the scenes as the election preparation was underway. We have done the concept paper on the appointment of Assistant Inspectors General.”
Other items of reform agenda in the service set to be expedited include the procedure for appointments transfer and promotions, discipline procedures.
Kavuludi said that there was need for a social protection mechanism that contains an insurance package for police officers.
“It is very often lost to the public that among the people who are overworked and least appreciated are the police officers…We need decent housing and related social amenities for the officers,” he added.
He maintained that his commission has a healthy relationship with both the office of the Inspector General and the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA).
Among those in attendance was the Inspector General David Kimaiyo, his two deputies, members of IPOA and those from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations led by director Ndegwa Muhoro among others.