The National Police Service has embarked on an exercise to recruit police reservists in Marsabit County in order to boost the existing police numbers and security in the region.
The exercise that will be conducted at sub-county level has already kicked off in Marsabit Central and would be extended to the other sub-counties of Moyale, North Horr and Laisamis as the service sought to also vet the suitability of those already enlisted.
Speaking on Friday at Marsabit County Police Headquarters, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Robert Kitur who led a vetting cum recruitment team also announced that the Kenya Police Reserve (KPR) was now transiting to National Police Reserve (NPR) in conformity with the constitution.
The name of KPR has been changed to National Police Service because we want the reservists to conform to the reforms in order to harmonize operations and enhance efficiency, said Kitur who heads the National Police Reserve department.
He said the aim of recruitment is to increase the number of security personnel on the ground as they require to be complimented.
Kitur said the recruitment would put into consideration the physical fitness and character of potential candidates for the job.
Those to serve in the police reserve division must be between 18 years and 55 years of age.
Kitur said successful recruits into the service will be used with police uniform and an employment card as is the case of national police service officers.
The National Police Reserve Director added that plans to take the recruits for training in law enforcement have been finalized as they will be engaged in their new role after undergoing the preparation.
Marsabit currently has about 1,585 reservists who would be paid a monthly stipend by the government for upkeep according to the new arrangement.
Local County Police Commander, Ben Kogo welcomed the move, saying it would greatly help boost security especially this time of electioneering.
Source: Kenya News Agency