Police Protest IG Mutyambai's New Promotion Rules

  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i inspects a guard of honour during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i inspects a guard of honour during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
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  • Police have protested new promotion rules stipulated by Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai, terming them discriminatory. 

    On Tuesday, September 23, the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) issued guidelines to guide the promotion of over 3,500 police from the ranks of Constable to Chief Inspector. 

    Officers were required to have passed at least two or three exams on police laws. The Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and the Evidence Act.

    They will then undergo an interview before selected candidates embark on a six-month training. 

    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai during a passing out parade for 1,224 officers in December 2019
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    The training will be held at the National Police Service Training colleges in Kiganjo, Embakasi and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in South C, Nairobi County.

    Several officers who joined Kenya Police Service from the Administration Police (AP) Service lamented that they were turned away because of the law exams. 

    A senior police officer from the NPS refuted claims that the new rules were discriminatory, and instead urged police to adhere to the new regulations guiding reforms in the sector

    "It is not discriminatory. AP officers who have sat for at least two of the three exams will be eligible," the officer stated. 

    On Thursday, June 4, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho disclosed the new reforms being made in the National Police Service, with plans to raise entry grades for recruitment of police officers.

    Police are targeting over 5,000 university graduates in the first phase of recruitment. 

    The law enforcers have been widely criticised for poor recruitment, with the minimum entry grade being D+. 

    Kibicho also attributed the extrajudicial killings, corruption and all sorts of vices police are involved in, to low educational standards in the service.

    Members of the National Police Service at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi where Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai launched a new curriculum on March 10, 2020.
    Members of the National Police Service at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi where Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai launched a new curriculum on March 10, 2020.
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