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Matiangi heads to Nyeri for police reforms sensitization mission

The reforms were launched last month and are aimed at merging some of the units to enhance operations/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and top ministry officials are on Tuesday expected to visit Nyeri to outline the road map of the police reforms undertaken by the government.

The team to include Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet will hold a meeting with the Central region security chiefs and later inspect development projects in the area.

The reforms were launched last month and are aimed at merging some of the units to enhance operations.

President Uhuru 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.

According to 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.

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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.

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