, NAIROBI Kenya, July 10- The National Police Service has assured the country that the recruitment of new officers in an exercise to be conducted across the country on Monday will be free of corruption.
The commission is seeking to enlist 10,000 recruits and Chairman Johnston Kavuludi has warned that anybody found to have engaged in corruption will be dealt with as per the law.
“The commission is satisfied that the arrangements in place will result in a fair and transparent process and calls on all qualified Kenyans who would like to join the police service to present themselves at the nearest recruitment centre on Monday 14th,” he stated.
He said the minimum qualification is a D+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
“In order to conform to the requirements of the constitution and in an effort to cast the net wide, the commission has pegged the minimum qualification to D plus,” he said.
The new recruits will spend only nine months at the National Police Training College, Kiganjo, instead of the previous 15. Kavuludi said the recruits will then be deployed for six months on-the-job training before they graduate.
“Expansion of training facilities is currently underway to cater for the increased numbers when training commences on October 3rd.”
He pointed out that, “those who sat for their KCSE in 2013 and have not received their certificates can use their slips and the commission will verify the authenticity of the qualifications.”
He said that this will boost the number of police officers bringing to 17,000 the number recruited to the service in a span of two years.
Aware of the minimal resources within the National Police Service, Kavuludi said the commission was also looking into the terms and conditions of police officers.
“The commission believes that a National Police Service that is adequately staffed, well-trained, properly tooled and remunerated will be equal to the onerous task of protecting lives and property,” he said.
Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo said the government had budgeted for 20,000 housing units for police as the number continues to increase.
The service has a shortage of 56,000 housing units.
In this year’s financial budget, the National Police Service was allocated Sh1.3 billion to cater for officers’ housing saying that this will empower officers to live in dignity.