NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 26 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi will be in Embu on Tuesday to popularize the police reforms launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier this month.
Matiangi will be accompanied by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and other security officials involved in the reforms programme.
Officials say the meeting at the Government Training School will bring together senior security officials from nearby counties in Mt Kenya.
Similar meetings will be held in Mombasa, North Eastern and Nyanza in the coming days.
President Kenyatta launched the policy framework for police restructuring which will bring together the Kenya Police and Administration Police in a move aimed at improving efficiency in the country’s security management.
Under the new structure, 39,680 regular police officers and 24,572 Administration Police officers have been merged to work under a new unit known as the General Duty Officers and will be under the command of the Deputy Inspector General Kenya Police.
The officers under this unit will don a new set of uniform and abandon the older one used by both the Kenya Police and Administration police since inception.
The Rural Border Police Unit has been transformed into the border police unit with 6,000 officers under the Deputy Inspector General of Police who is in charge of the Administration Police.
Speaking during the launch, the Head of State said there shall be one regional police commander, one county police commander, and one sub-county commander.
He stated that the Administration Police, regular, regional, county and sub-county commander posts, have also been abolished.
President Kenyatta also re-named Kiganjo Police college to the National Police College, with the AP College named as the campus of the National Police College.
In other changes, the regular police has been merged with the Administration Police to form the General Duty police officers, which will be under the Inspector General of Police.