, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – The Cabinet has approved the much anticipated police vetting exercise which is set to commence on Monday.
In a statement sent to newsroom, the Cabinet directed that the exercise be conducted in a fair and professional way to ensure the rights of individuals undergoing the exercise are safeguarded.
The exercise will see 80,000 officers vetted in efforts of weeding out bad practices within the Police Service.
Police have been lately linked to crime activities happening in the country.
In the first phase, senior officers in the police service will be vetted.
The whole exercise is expected to take 18 months.
During the launch of the 100 days security Rapid Result Initiative on November 19, Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole Lenku said the government will also start monitoring police officers who have left the service to ensure they do not involve themselves in crime.
He said the government wants to adopt new ways of curbing crime as it continues becoming complex and even extending to sophisticated forms.
“We have seen lately that a number of officers who have left the service have also become a security threat. There are some specific actions need to be done, have specific individuals for that and specific timeline to achieve desired targets,” he stated.
Lenku said crime in the country had evolved but expressed optimism that the situation was under control.
“As criminal activities change, the plans, styles and ways of doing it also change. We are just aligning ourselves to the development of security issues of our country,” he had pointed out.
He said that everything was set for the police vetting saying the process will help weed out bad practices in the Police Service.
“For the police vetting is an all system goes…it will achieve good results for the police,” he observed.