Kenya Police Announces New Changes in the Service

  • The Kenya Police on Monday, April 26, announced changes in the service in order to ensure efficiency in their service operations.

    The Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Kenya Police Service Edward Mbugua, noted that the changes were necessitated by logistical concerns.

    The changes affected officers within various fields such as traffic, maritime, railways, security detail, chaplaincy, logistics, operations, and Directorate of legal affairs.

    A traffic police officer at Kimathi Street, Nairobi

    Officers from the airwing department have been assigned new roles with some taking duty of flying police helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as handling technical duties.

    Other senior police officers, commanding police posts, were assigned different roles within the counties while others were transferred to different counties. 

    Among the changes involve Cleophas Kimaru who served as OC Crime unit in Bungoma will now serve as the OCS in Kiandutu, Thika. Alex Ongutu, the former OCPP Nangili, Kakamega is the new OCS in Suswa Narok. 

    Frida Kemunto, who was previously attached to the Diplomatic Police Unit, is now the new OCS Membley, Kiambu. Johnson Ngeo, who also served at the DPU, now is in charge of Chaplaincy and counseling within the unit.

    The new changes come just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the police service to recruit more personnel from the National Youth Service (NYS) to ensure more youth get the slots within the service.

    He noted that the police service had only recruited 50 NYS graduates into the Directorate of Command, Control and Communication (IC3) centers in Nairobi and Mombasa, a number that he deemed too low.

    “The number of recruits in my view is not enough. We must add more. Why are you hiring only 50 people, these are recruits from every corner of the country.

    “When you go to hire in the districts, even these recruits are from the district, hire them,” Uhuru stated while making his address during the graduation of NYS recruits in Gilgil, Nakuru.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to new graduands of the NYS Training College in Gilgil, Nakuru County on April 24, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking to new graduands of the NYS Training College in Gilgil, Nakuru County on April 24, 2021.

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