, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – The fourth phase of police vetting was due to kick off Monday in Mombasa County for police officers in the ranks of senior superintendent and superintendent of police.
Four panels led by the commissioners of the National Police Service Commission were to conduct the exercise aimed at reforming the police sector.
Over 1,000 police officers will be vetted in the 47 counties in a bid to reform the country’s security amid rising terror threats.
The next phase comes after the Johnstone Kavuludi-led commission released the results of the third phase which saw 12 officers sacked.
At least nine senior police officers were questioned afresh last week, and their results will be released in a few days time.
Kavuludi has assured members of the public and police that the exercise will be free and fair while asking of information regarding the officers.
Civil society groups have accused the commission of not doing a thorough exercise but the commission argues it can only act on information delivered that can be ascertained.
The vetting process is being conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution Article 246 and National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3) which stipulate that members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence.
The overall objective of the vetting is to build confidence and trust in the National Police Service.
The applicable vetting standards include officers’ satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human rights.
Officers who satisfy the commission with regard to competence and suitability will be retained and those who do not will be removed from the service.
At the end of the exercise, 80,000 police officers will be vetted in a bid to reform the National Police Service.
Nineteen senior police officers have since been sacked but one was re-instated after a review of the outcome.