In Summary
  • Kithure Kindiki appeared in the Senate to respond to issues of National Security.
  • Officers who have served at a police station for three years are to be transferred immediately.
  • The National Police Service was given 60 days to facilitate transfers.

Officers who have served in one police station for over three years will be transferred immediately. The Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki said on Wednesday.

In addition, the CS said the National Police Service (NPS) has been given a maximum of 60 days to facilitate the transfers.

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The Directive

Kenyan police officers pictured at their pass-out parade at the Administration Police Training College, Embakasi, Nairobi, on January 11, 2023. PHOTO Courtesy


Officers who resist will have their salaries stopped.

“The directive by the government is that any officer after the 60 days who continues to resist or for whatever reason does not move to a different station, the salary will be stopped. It is that serious,” said the CS.

Prof Kindiki says that the policy guiding the duration a police officer should serve at one station has been ignored for a long time.

He added that the NPS was notified of the guidelines two weeks ago.

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Those doing special assignments have a maximum duration of one year.

“For those doing serious operations, normally we move them within one year because of the kinetic and demanding nature of the operations they are involved in,” Kindiki said.

Supervision of National Police Reservists

The CS says the Government will streamline the supervision of National Police Reservists (NPRs) to ensure accountability in their operations.

NPRs play a pivotal role in supplementing the efforts of security agencies to trace, track, and apprehend criminals, particularly in areas that are bandit-prone and face the risk of terror.

In Samburu County, 460 NPRs have been recruited, trained, and deployed since November 2022. In Elgeyo Marakwet County, 153 NPRs have been recruited and will be trained and subsequently deployed.

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