Kenya Police Recruitment Exercise Kicks Off

The Kenya police recruitment exercise kicked off on Monday. (PHOTO:Courtesy)

The Kenya Police recruitment exercise kicked off all over the country on Monday with most recruitment stations receiving hundreds of participants.

The exercise which is aimed to recruit a total of 10,000 police officers was conducted in all 290 constituencies across the country.

Four other centers including the NYS Headquarters and CID Training School in South C were also recruitment centers.

The National Police Service Commission Chairperson Johnston Kavuludi assured Kenyans who will participate in the recruitment exercise of transparency and fairness.

The exercise will be monitored by the following rights groups; Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), Rights, Promotion and Protection Center (RPP), Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA-KENYA), International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO).

The Kenya Police recruitment has put the standard that candidates must be Kenyan citizens with a Kenyan National ID, have a minimum qualifications of D+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination with a D+ in either English or Kiswahili languages.

They should be aged between 18 and 28 years for holders of KCSE Examination Certificate or its equivalent, and up to 30 years for diploma and degree holders.

They should be physically and medically fit and should not have a criminal record or pending criminal charges.

Pregnant Female candidates are not allowed during the recruitment and also during the entire nine-month training period.

The exercise comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Inspector-General to expedite recruitment of the 10,000 officers after last year exercise was nullified by the High Court.

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The directive also come in the wake of the terrorist attack at a university in Garissa in which 148 people died, thus the need for the country to have enough personnel to shield attacks.

Already 100 youths who gained entry in the Kenya Police recruitment last year were disregarded by the High Court and have moved to court seeking to stop the recruitment.

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