The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has vowed to ensure that police officers get fair promotion and transfers in a bid to address stagnation in operation areas.
Speaking at the Kisii Agricultural Training Center on the outskirts of Kisii town during the launch of the Special Medical Board for police officers, NPSC Chairman Eliud Kinuthia said every officer will be given a chance to serve anywhere in the country except their home area when it is not necessary.
“We have worked on a policy together with the Inspector General (IG) and now have a way of identifying those who have overstayed in certain operation areas, and the IG can move them on transfer so that everyone has an experience of this country,” said Kinuthia.
He also said most officers who up to last year had served more than six years, unless they are comfortable and want to stay there longer, have been allowed to move within the country.
The chairman noted they have formed units that are going to get an injection of 5,000 recruits by December this year out of 5,443 recruits in the last recruitment to relieve companies and platoons that are already serving various areas and also beef up security of government buildings.
He pointed out that they were aware of disadvantaged officers at various operation areas who did not get officers to relieve them because the Commission does not recruit every year.
Kinuthia said the Commission has a class of 400 cadets who will serve at the level of Officer Commanding Station (OCS), Inspector in Charge of Operation among others when they complete their training so that officers can get a chance to move and get experience and opportunities in other places.
“We will ensure through regular reviews of human resource guidelines, that your transfers are effected and you have time and annual leaves for you to see and be with your families so that you also have the pride of your children, wife, husband, and people who can support you as you do this work,” affirmed Kinuthia.
He noted the Commission will skip the recruitment of general duty this year due to various challenges and assured police officers they were looking into their needs so that they give it full priority in the next recruitment.
By Augustine Mosioma