Ruto okays police reforms

President Ruto with IG Japheth Koome at State House, Nairobi, during a past event. [PCS]

President William Ruto yesterday received a progress report from the Taskforce on Police Reforms chaired by former Chief Justice David Maraga.

Consequently, the President accepted three recommendations which among other things provide that the National Police Service, the Prisons Service and the National Youth Service be moved to the security sector in regard to remuneration and terms of service.

"The officers in three services will receive remuneration and other terms of service commensurate with the work they do," President Ruto said.

At the same time, there will be two entry points into the National Police Service: Constable and cadet levels.

 The National Police Service Commission will determine the requirements for the two pathways.

"At a time when crime is constantly evolving, this provision will attract more professionals to police service," Ruto said.

According to the Maraga taskforce recommendations, no officer should remain at one station for more than three years.

"Going forward, it won't be possible for an officer to be promoted if they have served at only one station," President Ruto said as he supported the recommendation of the Taskforce on Police Reforms.

The Head of State announced that the taskforce will present its final report in a month's time.

"I assure our policemen and women of our commitment to improve the police service, including their remuneration and other terms of service," he said.