Only One Female Selected in Thika West as Low Turnout mark Police Recruitment.

SSP David Ngondi giving instructions and directions to officers and observers during the Thika West National Police Service recruitment  exercise at Thika Stadium on Thursday. Only 15 young men and women were lucky to join the list.
The National Police Service embarked on the recruitment of service men countrywide on Thursday, May 11 with many county centers recording large turn outs across.

In Thika West Sub-County, the exercise kicked off at 8am with no major incidents reported. Lack of vital documents such as the certificate of good conduct locked out tens of youths who had turned up for the exercise. Others were deferred for being time barred.

Speaking during the recruitment exercise at the Thika stadium, National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Senior Superintendent of Police, David Ngondi, said that they managed to shortlist about 70 young men and women who underwent the rigorous steps as per the recruitment procedure.

“We are happy to report that we have had no ugly incident in this centre and it seems these young men and women here were well prepared for the exercise. Unfortunately, we can only take 15 of them. By the close of business today, we have picked 5 young men and one lady. The remaining balance of 9 will have to be vetted by the head office,” said SSP Ngondi.

He said that the centre was only meant for those who reside from the area and encouraged all youth to take advantage of such opportunities in future.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) had deployed officials to monitor the exercise in a bid to ensure the recruitment is devoid of corruption. Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, earlier sent a stern warning that those who will violate rules risk a possible Ksh 200,000 fine or a two-year jail term.

The new recruits are supposed to report on May 19 this year for a nine-month training session at Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo and Administration Police College in Embakasi. The exercise was conducted in 331 recruitment centers spread out in all the 290 Constituencies across the Country.

Kenyans aged between 18 and 28 years and with a mean grade of D+ and above in KCSE exams had been invited to participate with each one of them being demanded to present clearance from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at recruitment centres. However, for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations which for the first time recruited directly, the academic qualifications was C Plain.

The recruits were also expected to have a minimum height of 5.3 metres for women and 5.8 metres for men respectively.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority had sent observers to monitor the Thursday’s recruitment of 10,000 police recruits countrywide so as to ensure it was corruption free.


The authority wants the public to call 0741-423-191 and 0786- 824-426 to report any malpractices spotted. These numbers will be operational from 0600hrs to 2200hrs up to Saturday.

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