President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled new uniforms for General Duty Police Officers.
The new uniforms, according to the President will enhance better visibility for the officers.
The uniforms which are blue in color were paraded at the Kenya School of Government. The officers wearing the uniforms marched to the podium to showcase the new uniforms
Apart from unveiling the new uniforms, other major reforms were also announced that touched on the command, housing and training in Administration Police, Kenya Police and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The reforms include the integration of functions, rebranding, renaming, and the scrapping of some positions.
The Kenya Police Service will be merged with the Administration Police in order to eliminate waste, duplication, and overlap.
“We will integrate 39,680 police service and 24,572 administration police into general duty police offers under the command of Deputy Inspector General Kenya Police Service, leaving a total of 64, 252 police service general duty police given the unified command to offer better security for Kenyans,” said President Uhuru.
The President also ordered a mandatory refresher course for the new general duty officers so as to instill a common understanding of police station work and to build a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty symbolized by a joint pass out parade.
Other changes include the elimination of duplication in reporting functions that will be achieved through re-organizing of the National Police Service command structure in conformity with the National Police Act of 2011.
The President went ahead to announce the abolishment of the Administration Police regional commander, Kenya police regional commander, DCI regional commander and District administrations police commander
Others are; County coordinating commander, Kenya police county commander, AP county commander, DCI county commander, AP sub-county commander, DCI sub-county commander and AP service ward commander.
President Kenyatta asked Inspector general of Police Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Sectary Dr. Fred Matiang’i to assign specific and distinct functions to the Deputy Inspector General of Police and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The Deputy Inspector General will now focus on public safety and security while DCI will specialize in criminal investigations.