Massive Police Transfer Over 42,000 Officers Exceeding 3-Year Station Tenure to Move Next Week

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced a sweeping transfer of over 42,000 police officers who have served at one station for more than three years, with the relocations set to commence next Wednesday.

Addressing a security review forum in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County, on Tuesday, Kindiki emphasized the necessity of the transfers, stating that they are essential to maintaining impartial law enforcement.

“The government has taken the decision to transfer all National Police Service (NPS) officers who have surpassed the three-year mark at a single station. Approximately 42,500 officers will undergo transfers by next Wednesday through all available means,” remarked Kindiki.


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He highlighted concerns regarding the impartiality of officers who have spent extended periods in one location, citing their integration into local communities and potential conflict of interest.

“Officers who have spent considerable time in one duty station may lack the impartiality required to enforce the law effectively. Some have even established personal ties, such as marriage and business ventures, blurring the lines between officer and civilian,” Kindiki explained.

In a stern warning issued last October, Kindiki informed the Senate that the National Police Service had a 60-day window to facilitate the transfers. He emphasized that failure to comply would result in salary withholding for non-compliant officers, with guidelines for the transfers communicated to the NPS in late September.

Furthermore, Kindiki reiterated the enforcement of a maximum one-year tenure for officers assigned to special duties at a single station, ensuring rotation and preventing complacency.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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