DIGITAL RECORDS

Kenya has 101,288 police officers, audit shows

In Summary

• Uhuru wants the OB, instant fines and some police operations automated by December 31.

• New system seeks to eliminate fraud associated with manual staff records.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at a past event in which President Uhuru Kenyatta and AU Special Envoy Raila Odinga were present.
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i at a past event in which President Uhuru Kenyatta and AU Special Envoy Raila Odinga were present.
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Kenya has 101,288 police officers, a recently concluded biometric registration drive shows.

Automation of the National Police Service's human resource management system has also been completed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday received a report on the implementation of the new National Police Service Information Management System at State House in Nairobi.

Uhuru directed Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to ensure the Service has a web-based Occurrence Book.

Uhuru said the OB and the automation of instant fines, as well as some police operations,  should be finalised by end of December 31.

Statehouse Spokesperson Kanze Dena said the automated human resource management system contains the details of officers of all ranks.

The digital records heralds a new era in police administration and for Kenya’s security sector as it goes a long way in complementing the government’s efforts towards establishing a modern criminal justice infrastructure.
Statehouse Spokesperson Kanze Dena

The system has details of officers in the Administrative Police Service, the Kenya Police Service, and the Department of Criminal Investigations.

“The President has expressed satisfaction with the progress in the implementation of the reforms agenda within the security sector. Such a system is a landmark step in the attainment of professionalism and good governance in the service,” she said.

The system features each police officer’s biometric data, certificate of appointment, national identity card details, KRA PIN, family background, academic qualifications, rank, and service history among other details. 

“The system will eliminate fraud associated with manual staff records. In this regard, it will facilitate the selection, recruitment, and management of police officers and foster fair performance appraisals, transparent deployment and transfers, and merit-based promotions,” Kanze said in a statement to newsrooms.