The National Police Service Commission is conducting a nationwide sensitization of the youth on legal procedures needed to hire and retain them into the service.
The Commission, through an exercise dubbed: police pre-recruitment clinics, wants to address challenges being faced by youths when applying to join the police service.
The sensitization program is conducted just a few days before the commission starts recruitment across the country. The exercise is expected to begin on March 24, 2022.
In this regard, Machakos County Police Commander, Issa Mohammud, has emphasized the importance of sensitizing the youth prior to making a decision to join the National Police Service.
Mohammud said it is important for the youth to make an informed decision on the expectations from the police before the recruitment exercise.
He noted that some are employed for two years and leave the service yet training them was expensive. The Police Commander was speaking to the media at his office grounds in Machakos town.
“One should make an informed decision before joining the Police Service that is why this sensitization for the youth who are potential candidates is crucial. We no longer want to lose manpower because some are employed and exit service after two years yet their training was expensive,” said Mohammud.
Mohammud said becoming a police officer is a calling. He added that one will need to sacrifice to serve Kenyans diligently since it is not easy.
He noted that the exercise was not to recruit but give guidance on what to expect when joining the service and most of all it will also help to reduce mental health issues and murders within the police service.
“This nationwide exercise is to train the youth on what to expect and prepare them on what is ahead. This will help to avoid mental health and societal issues that have been going on in the service,” added Mohammud.
The Police Commander said they have invited youths from six Sub Counties of Machakos, Mwala, Kathiani, Matungulu, Kangundo and Athi River. He added that the exercise is for two days and Thursday they will be in Yatta for the sensitization as they share their experiences being in the police service.
By Anne Kangero