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Police Reforms: Roadblocks out, better salaries, and tech for offenders


The National Taskforce, spearheaded by former Chief Justice David Maraga, has advocated for the elimination of police roadblocks as a strategic measure to combat corruption.

The team presented its comprehensive report to President William Ruto, suggesting the deployment of mobile patrol units as an alternative method to maintain law and order on the roads.

To bolster the enforcement of traffic rules, the task force recommends harnessing technology to apprehend traffic offenders efficiently.

Additionally, the proposal includes a substantial 40 percent salary increment over the next three years for officers in the National Police Service (NPS), National Prisons Services, and National Youth Service.

President Ruto, speaking at State House Nairobi, expressed confidence that the salary review would uplift the morale of law enforcement officers, ultimately enhancing national security.

“The review of terms and conditions for our men and women in uniform will transform our security, protecting Kenyans and creating an environment conducive to growth and thriving enterprises,” emphasized Ruto.

Recognizing corruption as a critical issue within the police service, President Ruto pledged firm action against the malpractice.

Furthermore, Ruto directed a comprehensive review of the legislative and policy framework governing the NPS, KPS, and NYS operations, emphasizing the need for enhanced accountability and transparency.

In a move to promote operational efficiency, Ruto mandated the implementation of a human resource policy, limiting officers’ service in the same county to a maximum of three years.

Appointed in December 2022, the Maraga-led taskforce’s mandate was to evaluate and recommend improvements in the working and living conditions of police officers, as well as suggest legal, policy, and operational reforms for effective service delivery in the National Police Service and Kenya Police Service.

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