National Police Service seeks to  align operations ahead of deadline

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The National Police Service is rushing to beat Friday’s deadline that requires it to align its operations with the new command structure.

The new structure that will see the Kenya police service and the administration police integrated into one unit dubbed general duty police under the deputy inspector general of police is expected to take effect Friday.

As the deadline for the Presidential Directive on the reorganization of the National Police Service command structure lapses, different cadres of the service in different counties are rushing to bit the last-minute deadline in merging regular and administration police set to work as General Duty Officers under the Deputy Inspector General of Police.

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While leading this exercise in Maralal police station in Samburu County, county police commander Karanja Muiruri lauded the on-going police reforms and pledged to intensify the war on corruption within the service as a way of upholding their integrity.

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The National Police Service had earlier scrapped the position of officer commanding police division (OCPD) and appointed sub-county police commanders (SCPCs) as part of changes aimed at aligning the police structure with current administrative boundaries.

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In the new structure, only one officer will be in charge of the sub-county unlike in the old administration where the district was commanded by a representative from the Administration Police and also from Kenya Police.

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So far, 322 sub-county officers have been appointed across the country as well as 597 OCPDs.

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