Kenya is ready for a new policing paradigm – Ruto
President William Ruto has said the country is ready for a new policing paradigm that focuses on service to all with honour and dignity.
The President spoke while presiding over the pass-out parade of 2,881 police constables at the National Police College in Kiganjo.
The head of state pledged to ensure the transformation of the police force, which will see police officers make a career out of their jobs like any other employment in the country.
“This is the most auspicious day for you because you arrive ready for this moment in service history,” he said.
He added, “I urge you to remain steadfast and forward-looking as we embrace the future of the police as an essential service, noble profession, and profession of high calling.”
The president also promised that the government will provide a comprehensive insurance scheme effective this month available to members of the police and prisons service and their families.
He said, two fully equipped National Police Service hospitals are complete and will soon be ready to serve members of the force including their families.
“This will ensure that the police finally have access to priority, dedicated, and appropriate facilities for physical and mental wellness,”he said.
According to Ruto, his government will prioritise the provision of spacious, comfortable, safe, secure, and affordable housing for police officers in our affordable housing plan.
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki, Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome, and Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga were among the delegates at the pass-out parade.
The new officers join the over 101,288 others serving in various units. There are over 14 publicly known police formations and units.
The recruits will be required to remain in the service for at least 10 years before leaving.
KES 1.2 million fine will be imposed on anyone who flouts the new rule.