Uhuru announces merger of police force, unveils new uniform

The new Police uniform unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday./COURTESY
The new Police uniform unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday./COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday

unveiled new uniforms for police officers.

"These uniform will enhance visibility

of the officers.

Tungependa tuone hiyo uniform..." Uhuru said during the

re-organisation of the Kenya Police.

The uniforms which are blue in colour

were paraded at the Kenya School of Government. The officers wearing the uniforms marched to the podium to showcase the new uniforms.

"IG Joseph Boinnet should implement these changes with immediate effect. The Treasury should also operationalise financial provisions

with immediate effect," he said.

The President also

asked the Treasury to aid in the additional funding for officers to effect the new housing

with effect from December 1.

"Kenyans are funding

these changes so that you can serve them better," he added.

Uhuru said he is

reorganising the command to ensure effective service by the

Police Service.

The President further abolished

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.

The Star has seen the new outlay which will drastically change the command and structure of policing in the country with the AP getting clearly defined roles.

The AP will be merged with the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).

According to the changes, a majority of the AP officers will be absorbed into the Kenya Police Service. The few that will remain will have their duties redefined.

They will mainly revolve around providing security to government buildings and facilities such as SGR, the ports of entry and other critical facilities.

AP camps and chief’s camps where a majority of the APs are stationed will be gazetted as police stations. The regular police, DCI and APs housed in the same facilities will be under a single command.

Details of changes:

On July 27, Uhuru gave Matiang'i 30 days to produce a strategy on how to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the National Police Service.

Uhuru also asked Matiang'i and Boinnet to address the persistent housing problem and report back.

“I have directed Matiang'i and Boinnet to provide me with a comprehensive policy framework and strategy," Uhuru said via Twitter.

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