President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the merging of the Kenya Police Service and the Administration Police into General Duty Police officers.
The new Unit will be under the command of the Inspector General of Police.
The President was speaking during the launch of a policy framework and strategy for reorganising the National Police Service.
The president said the move is aimed at eliminating waste, duplication and overlap of duties.
The 39,680 Kenya Police Service and 24,572 Administration Police will now form a single force totalling 64,252.
The president also launched the new General police unit uniforms during the event.
The uniforms which are blue in colour were paraded at the Kenya School of Government where the function took place.
“IG Joseph Boinnet should implement this changes with immediate effect. The Treasury should also operationalise financial provisions with immediate effect,” he said.
Other changes were AP camps and chief’s camps where majority of the APs are stationed will be gazetted as police stations
12 senior police positions have been scrapped. They include AP regional commander, Kenya Police regional commander, DCI regional commander, Kenya Police county commander, AP county commander, DCI county commander, sub-county commanders from all the three arms on the National Police Service , OCPD, district AP commander and AP ward commander.
They will be replaced by integrated Police Geo Boundaries and placed under unified commands known as regional police command, one county police command, and one sub-county police command.
Re branding and renaming of the different police training colleges, with Kenya Police Training College being renamed the Kenya Police College Kiganjo Campus; AP Training College renamed National Police College Embakasi A Campus as GSU Training College becomes National Police College Embakasi B Campus
Deputy Inspector-General in charge of the Kenya Police will focus on public safety and security while the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Administration Police will deal with protective and border security.
All police officers will also undergo refresher training to help them better understand the new structure and functions.
Junior officers to lose free housing in 90 days. They will have to vacate houses in police lines and start receiving a house allowance.