The National Police Service (NPS) has extended an invitation to Kenyans to participate in a public engagement initiative concerning the proposed changes to the police uniform.
“The National Police Service kindly invites the public to participate in the selection process for the proposed Kenya Police Service uniform.” NPS stated in a statement released on Tuesday.
On February 13, IG Japhet Koome, alongside a select group of junior officers, unveiled the new uniform for the first time.
Various units within the National Police Service will continue to uphold their current uniforms, the Administration Police Service and the General Service Unit, will maintain their jungle attire.
“The exercise will be held as scheduled; August 29, 2023 – Kenya Police Pavilion, South C, Nairobi. Wednesday, August 30, 2023 – Central Region at Ruring’u Police Training College Thursday, August 31, 2023, at National Police College-Main Campus Kiganjo.” the statement further read
This development arises amidst efforts to revert from the present deep blue uniform to the previous iteration for the police service.
The task force dedicated to enhancing the working conditions of the National Police Service and Kenya Police Service has been actively gathering feedback on several matters, including the uniform matter.
The National Police Service Commission communicated to the task force its preference for a return to the previous uniform for officers on general duty. The deep blue uniform had been introduced in 2019.
Concerns were raised about the gender-sensitivity of the police uniform for women officers during pregnancy, a concern not accommodated in the current uniform arrangement.
Consequently, the Commission put forth a proposal for a maternity dress allowance of Sh30,000 during pregnancy.
Police personnel were previously given the option to wear the former khaki uniform, although its use had been phased out since 2018.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during last years campaigns pledged to revoke the new blue police uniform
Addressing the Kenya Kwanza county economic forum in Nyandarua county , Gachagua said they are privy to challenges facing the police service.
He pledged to sort out the salaries of the officers which he said had stagnated since President Mwai Kibaki left office.