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Recruitment for the Kenya Police in 2024

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Recruitment for the Kenya Police in 2024
Inspector General of police Japhet Koome addressing the media at a past event. (Photo: Web)

If you have long felt a call to serve and have always dreamed about solving crimes, it is worth knowing the Kenya Police recruitment dates and centers in 2024 to make your ambitions a reality.

Kenya may be facing an acute police officer shortage after the National Police Service (NPS) failed to recruit new officers last year in 2023 in what the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration Kithure Kindiki said was due to lateness.

“We shall be conducting the recruitment early next year…we cannot have it this year. We are late.” He said in October last year.

In April 2023, the Kenya Police was to enlist new law enforcement professionals in a planned countrywide recruitment drive that was later rescheduled for 2024 due to budgetary constraints, amongst other challenges.

At that time, Inspector General (IG) Japhet Koome was against the postponement, admitting that the NPS needed to maintain its staffing levels to reduce violent crime and promote overall public safety and community trust.

“Myself, I cannot see recruiting in 2024. How can I do that with the shortfall I have?” the Inspector General had complained.

So the question is, when is the police recruitment in 2024? Well, the National Police Service of Kenya has not yet communicated the actual date even after recently flagging a social media post that claimed that the police recruitment was to be last month in January.

“We wish to inform the public to disregard the fake news circulating on social media platforms regarding the purported recruitment into the National Police Service in January 2024,” NPS stated in an official statement. Hence, the specific date and time remain unknown.

When it happens, the NPS will no longer recruit people who are above 18 years old but 21 in line with the new recommendations set out by the task force on police reforms led by former Chief Justice David Maraga, which also raised the minimum KCSE grade to join Kenya Police from D+ to C-.

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