Government concludes biometric registration of police officers

Government concludes biometric registration of police officers

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday received a report on the implementation of the new National Police Service Information Management System from Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i at State House.

The report indicates that the full automation of the Human Resource Management system is now complete and shows that Kenya has a total of 101,288 policemen and women.

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.

The system contains the details of officers of all ranks within the Administrative Police Service (APS), the Kenya Police Service (KPS), and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The President expressed his satisfaction with the progress in the implementation of the reforms agenda within the security sector, adding that such a system is a landmark step in the attainment of professionalism and good governance in the service.

The first of its kind in Kenya’s history, 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 by facilitating the selection, recruitment, and management of police officers.

It will also foster fair performance appraisals, transparent deployment and transfers, and merit-based promotions.

The Head of State also directed that the next step of having a web-based Occurrence Book and the automation of instant fines, as well as some police operations be finalized by December 31.

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