As the Police Reforms Working Group – Kenya (PRWG -K), our operations are guided by four pillars among them police welfare. For the past five years, we have advocated for better and reasonable working hours for police officers, an improvement of their living conditions, and to ensure that officers are compensated for the long working hours.
In line with our call for accountability, we acknowledge that like any other public sector, NPS could be riddled with ghost workers and unscrupulous individuals and thus the cleanup of the payroll according to NPSC is commendable.
We note that while it is the mandate of the NPSC through the NPSC Act 2011 to deal with issues of human resource of police officers including police welfare (salaries, housing and medication among others), this mandate has not been effectively discharged by the NPSC as expected by Kenyans and the law.
Since the 2013/2014 financial year, members of the NPS have only been awarded a single salary increment of about 27% that was supposed to be implemented in 2 phases. This salary increments have never been implemented as agreed.
We welcomed the move by His Excellency the President when he launched a number of documents to guide operation of the NPS in February 2018. One of the documents was the Career Progression Guidelines (schemes of service) for members of the NPS, which clearly stipulates proper consideration of remuneration of police officers, welfare issues and career path progression. This should form a basis for any considerations into the welfare of officers.
In this respect, we the PRWG-K;
- Call upon graduate officers and those living with disabilities to submit to the NPSC through the IG, relevant documents as stipulated by law to enable them be accorded the rightful benefits.
- Demand that the NPSC and the Inspector General to handle any remuneration issue according to the law and professionally to avoid situations that could demoralize officers.
- Demand that NPSC and the NPS hasten efforts to ensure that all police officers get better housing in light of the increasing numbers and the current poor living conditions.
- Urge the NPSC and the NPS to provide a comprehensive psychological support to officers whenever need arises; and
- Call upon NPS to implement the newly launched Service Standing Orders (SSOs) by training officers and the general public on this critical document.
- Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
- Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
- International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ-K)
- International Commission of Jurists –Kenya (ICJ-K)
- Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)
- International Jurists Mission (IJM)
- Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)
- Rights Promotion and Protection Centre (RPP)
- Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA-K)
- Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW)
- National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD)
- Kenyans For Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ)
- Usalama Reforms
- Amnesty International – Kenya
- Transparency International - Kenya
- Katiba Institute (KI)
- Peace Brigade International (PBI)
- Usalama Reforms
- The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)