Matiang’i Abolishes AP who Now Will Join Kenya Police in Drastic Changes

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has made radical changes in the police Force that will harmonize regular and Administration Police operations.

Although dissolution of the AP would require a constitutional amendment, there are already new changes that will see AP unit rendered dysfunctional.

The drastic changes follow a command from President Uhuru Kenyatta to Matiang’i where he gave the CS 30 days to produce a strategy on how to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the National Police Service.

The AP will be merged with the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).

Uhuru also asked Matiang’i and Inspector General Joseph Boinnet to address the persistent housing problem and report back within the period.

The Star reports that majority of the AP officers will be absorbed into the Kenya Police Service. The few that will remain will have their duties redefined. They will mainly revolve around providing security to government buildings and facilities such as SGR, the ports of entry and other critical facilities.

AP camps and chief’s camps where majority of the APs are stationed will be gazetted as police stations. The regular police, DCI and APs housed in the same facilities will be under a single command.

This means positions such as county or regional AP commander will be abolished and their holders redeployed to police stations to work alongside regular and DCI officers.

The new look AP service will be lean as majority of the officers will be redeployed to the general duties under the command of Deputy IG Edward Mbugua. The position of DIG in charge of the AP and the top level command will remain intact.

Established units of the AP, such as the Border Patrol Unit and Anti-Stock Theft Unit, will be brought under one command.

This will be the first time in the history that officers from the AP will be deployed to police stations and those in the regular police or DCI also deployed to specialized AP units.

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