Kenya seeks to hire 10,000 new police officers

July 14, 2014 9:04 am
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The National Police Service Commission said on Friday that only 6,000 successful candidates will selected to join the regular police and 4,000 candidates will join the Administration Police arm for 15-month training/FILE
The National Police Service Commission said on Friday that only 6,000 successful candidates will selected to join the regular police and 4,000 candidates will join the Administration Police arm for 15-month training/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – The process of selecting 10,000 recruits to serve in the National Police Service kicked off on Monday at various recruitment centres across the country.

The National Police Service Commission said on Friday that only 6,000 successful candidates will selected to join the regular police and 4,000 candidates will join the Administration Police arm for 15-month training.

The successful candidates will be required to report to the Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo and Administration Police Training College in Embakasi on October 3.

The minimum entry grade has been reduced to a D+ from the previous C plain and put the allowable age to between 18 and 28 years for KCSE holders, and 30 years for those with specialised skills, including diploma and degree holders.

National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said those who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination last year and are yet to receive their certificates are free to apply for enlistment using their result slips.

The Commission has appointed a team to spearhead the exercise at all 280 district centres.

In Nairobi County, the exercise which is being held at the Kamukunji Grounds began on a sad note after four people were struck by high-voltage power lines at Kamukunji Grounds while preparing the ground for the recruitment exercise.

According to St John Ambulance Communication Manager Fred Majiwa the casualties were rushed to the nearby Bahati Dispensary for stabilisation before being transferred by St John Ambulance to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised treatment.

“The 9:00 am incident occurred when a pole being used by the technicians to put up a tent within the ground touched the overhead power lines,” he said.

“The impact of the high voltage current is suspected to have caused severe damage to internal organs of the victims and obvious electrical burns on their limbs.”

In Kisumu County, the Nyanza Regional Coordinator has directed police to arrest candidates who attempt to bribe their way into the police force during the forthcoming recruitment exercise.

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