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Kenyan Police who graduated with University Degree cries out after getting Same salary and role with D+ category officers

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Kenyan Police who graduated with University Degree cries out after getting Same salary and role with D+ category officers

A police officer has taken to Blogger Milton Nyakundi to air grievances regarding the treatment of officers with degrees in the National Police Service (NPS).

Despite holding a degree in Criminology from a recognized university in Kenya and joining the NPS in 2018 with the intention of utilizing skills to serve the country and uphold the law, the officer laments that academic qualifications are not valued or respected within the NPS.

The officer reveals being assigned to the same job group and salary scale as those with lower educational qualifications, including individuals with only a D+ in their KCSE exam.

”some of us are even earning less than form four leavers merely becaue of HELB loans. I was not given any opportunities for career advancement or professional development. I was not recognized as a cadet inspector, which is the basic entry level for graduates. I was treated as a mere constable, with no regard for my education or experience.” He shared.

This sentiment is shared by many other police officers with degrees in fields such as security management, management science, public policy, and law.

”I am not alone in this predicament. There are many other police officers who have degrees in various fields, such as security management, management science, public policy, law and other fields. They are also facing the same challenges and frustrations as I am,” he added.

Despite efforts to raise concerns with both the NPS and the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), no resolution has been reached.

The officer expresses frustration at feeling discriminated against and exploited by the NPS and calls on both the NPS and the NPSC to address these grievances.

Specifically, they request recognition and remuneration through the Special SOIP program based on their degrees, as well as respect for their academic qualifications and professional contributions.

Highlighting the desire to serve the country with dignity and professionalism, the officer emphasizes that they are not asking for more than what they deserve.

They hope that their voices will be heard, and action will be taken to implement necessary changes, as seen in previous instances of recognition and reward for academic achievements within the NPS.

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