The government has announced plans to increase salaries of the National Police Service (NPS), the National Youth Service (NYS), and the Kenya Prisons Service by 40% over the next three years.
President William Ruto made the announcement on Thursday after the submission of recommendations from the police reforms taskforce, chaired by former Chief Justice David Maraga, at State House in Nairobi.
“I assure our policemen and women of our commitment to improving the police service, including their remuneration and other terms of service,” Ruto said.
Ruto endorsed the Maraga team’s recommendation, emphasizing that the salary increase is crucial for restoring integrity, efficiency, and accountability within the security forces.
The report indicates that there will be two entry points into the National Police Service, which include constable and cadet levels.
The head of state addressed issues raised by the taskforce, including corruption and underfunding affecting the welfare of security personnel.
The report says the NPS transfer policy that no officer should remain at one station for more than three years be enforced.
He pledged to review living conditions, housing, and insurance as part of the broader effort to reform the sector.
“I am instructing relevant government bodies to initiate the review of pay, living conditions, medical coverage, housing, and other welfare aspects for service members, ensuring equitable treatment for our officers.”
Ruto also assured that no officer would serve in the same county for more than three years, and efforts would be made to make the promotion and recruitment processes within the police services transparent.