NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5- The saying ‘Boys in blue’ is set to come to reality next week, when all members of the National Police Service don the new uniform.
The extreme makeover for the more than 90,000 police officers will be put to effect during the Jamhuri Day celebrations, next week on Wednesday.
Already, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and his deputy who is in charge of Kenya Police Edward Mbugua have been seen wearing the new uniforms eliciting mixed reactions from members of the public.
The change in police uniform is a United Nations recommendation, in a bid to increase their visibility while serving civilians and a way to enhance accountability.
The new uniform was first seen this year on September 13 at the Kenya School of Government, when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a set of drastic reforms that include merging Kenya and Administration police services.
Under the merger, the officers will work under a new unit named the “General Duty Officers” which will be under the Deputy Inspector General of Police.
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 oversees the Administration Police.
The Administration Police, regular, regional, county and sub-county commander posts were 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.
Going forward, junior police officers will now enjoy house allowances, after the mandatory housing in quarters was abolished in the policy framework launched by President Kenyatta.
The officers will now be required to use their allowances to acquire private rental property.