, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – The next phase of police vetting will focus on traffic officers of all ranks, Officers Commanding Stations (OCSs) and their deputies.
National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi says they are targeting 12,000 police officers in the exercise.
He has called for public participation for the commission to be able to ascertain the integrity of all the officers involved.
“Police officers are expected to give free services and to protect all areas equally,” he stated.
He says they will specifically focus on rooting out deep rooted corruption within the traffic department.
“The vetting approach relies on complaints received by the NPSC from the public or fellow officers on particular officers to be vetted,” Kavuludi assured.
The just concluded phase targeted officers in the ranks of superintendent, senior superintendent and assistant commissioners totalling 1,369 police officers.
The phase has seen 63 officers declared unsuitable while 29 others are still under investigation.
The process is being conducted pursuant to Article 246 of the Constitution and the 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.