Tough rules for police applying for traffic department jobs

Traffic police recruitment overhaul

A traffic police officer inspects a matatu

A new twist has emerged in a recent recruitment process for traffic police officers.

The process that had almost been completed with shortlisted candidates awaiting deployment was abruptly canceled and restarted.

Reports indicate that corrupt practice had caused the recruiting panel to cancel the whole process and start over.

One tough rule that has been placed in the second round process requires the applicants to make a handwritten application directly to the Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police before Friday.

Interviews scheduled between April 23 and May 3 called off

Official communication directed all regional police bosses as well as heads of police stations to inform any shortlisted candidates within their jurisdiction that interviews had been canceled.

They were further advised to take back any documents that they may have forwarded concerning the shortlisted candidates.

Other requirements that were listed were for the candidate to be 40 years or younger, a clean record with no more than two disciplinary convictions in their career in the force and no active disciplinary matters.

All candidates must also have served within the police service for at least five years.

As part of police reforms any serviceman is eligible to apply for a traffic police job when a vacancy is announced.

This is different from the earlier system where there was a fully fledged traffic department that operated independent of the core police force structure.

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