New police recruits have been told to prepare to serve in hostile areas upon completion of their training.
National Police Service Commission Chairperson Johnstone Kavuludi has said those recruited starting today will be posted to areas that have been insecure.
“Those selected should be prepared to be sent anywhere in this country, especially those regions where security is wanting,” Mr Kavuludi said. He added: “There are parents who are calling me and asking me to assure them that their children will not be taken to hostile areas after finishing training. I have told them they will be taken there.”
Kavuludi was speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony at Mudasa Academy in Vihiga County which posted good performance in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The school had a mean score of 9.6.
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He said working in areas that are prone to cattle rustling, banditry or terrorism was the best way to serve to the country.
“There is nothing wrong with being posted to Garissa because one will not live there forever,” said Kavuludi.
He encouraged parents who have children who want to join the police force to allow them to turn up in large numbers during the recruitment that starts today countrywide.
The police boss encouraged graduates who were yet to get jobs but have either degrees or diplomas to join the police force as they would have an opportunity to further their studies or even attain managerial positions.
“Recruitment is free of charge and very fair,” he said. While reiterating the importance of education, Kavuludi urged parents to support their children to attain the best during their schooling years.
Mudasa Academy Director George Mudanyi said the institution was committed to offering quality education. Vihiga Deputy Governor Caleb Amaswache and other dignitaries attended the thanksgiving ceremony.