NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – The recruitment of 10,000 police officers kicked off Thursday morning in various centres countrywide, amid tight security.
The recruitment is targeting Kenyans aged between 18 and 28 years who scored a D Plus and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet told Capital FM News that the exercise is above board, while warning of legal action against anyone trying to influence officers undertaking it.
The exercise which will be conducted in various constituency centres started at 8.00am Thursday and go on until 5pm.
An advertisement in the local dailies stated that each applicant must present the original supporting documents for verification after which they will be returned to the applicant.
It stated that applicants recruited for the training into the Service shall be bonded to serve in the National Police Service for a minimum period of 10 years.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) will monitor the exercise to ensure it is corruption free.
The authority wants the public to call it on 0741-423-191 and 0786- 824-426 to report any malpractices spotted.
These numbers will be operational from 6.00am to 10.00pm up to Saturday.
The authority stated that the work of professionalizing the Police must start at the recruitment stage and they will partner with the National Police Service Commission and the Inspector General’s office as an independent monitor to the recruitment process.
The new recruits will be taken for a nine-month training session at the Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo and Administration Police Training College in Embakasi.
The prisons department too will recruit 3,000 personnel on May 24.
Both exercises are being done with an eye on the elections.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has already said it requires 180,000 officials to manage the elections.