Interior CS Fred Matiang’i officially opened the Direct Entry Cadet Inspectors course on Friday.
A statement from the ministry said the nine-month long training will equip the recently recruited graduate cadets with the requisite skills to be commanders and leaders in the security sector.
Dr. Fred Matiang’i announced that upon graduation, the cadets will be deployed to police stations across the country in an effort to institutionalize the reforms envisioned in the Service.
““In the next five to six years, there will never be in Kenya senior police officers at the rank of inspector or OCS and above who have not trained through this cadets programme because we want to change the manner in which we command the National Police Service,” he said during the official launch of the training at the National Police Training College, Kiganjo.
“Providing security is no longer a matter of force or guns; it is now a matter of tact, skill, and the capacities you bring along. In a fast-changing world, we have been called upon to acquire new capacities to police an enlightened public. Officers must be ready and psychologically prepared to police a modern country, knowing that they are servants of the people,” Dr. Fred Matiang’i added.
This is the first time in Kenya’s history that NPS is training direct-entry inspectors in what the Cabinet Secretary described as “President Kenyatta’s signature on his 10-year reforms in the Service”.
The 300 cadets will be sent to police stations across the country to be leaders, mentors and work with the communities at the grassroots with a view to addressing the complexities and challenges of the contemporary security landscape.
Dr. Matiang’i said: “For a long time, we have invested heavily in equipment, personnel, addressing the ratio of police to population, training special groups in the Service. It was time to deal with the software of NPS – the people who run the Service. When we are done building our police leadership training academy in Ngong, we will probably be equal to no one in this continent in terms of the resources we are acquiring to retool the leadership of the police service.”
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