AP, Police merger: The new command structure


AP, Police merger: The new command structure
The new uniform for General Duty Police officers after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya police service will now be merged with AP

In Summary

  • To eliminate overlap and duplicate functions, the new framework will assign specific and distinct functions to Deputy Inspector Generals and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
  • Deputy IG (Kenya Police Service) will now focus on public safety and security while the Deputy IG (AP) will focus on protective and border security as well as cattle rustling and banditry.
  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will focus on criminal investigations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a new command structure that has seen the Kenya Police Service and Administration Police integrated into one unit; General Duty Police under the command of the Deputy IG of police.

In the new command structure, The Inspector General of Police will head the new General Duty Police with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Deputy IG (Kenya Police Service) and Deputy IG (Administration Police Service) coming right under.

To eliminate overlap and duplicate functions, the new framework will assign specific and distinct functions to Deputy Inspector Generals and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Deputy IG (Kenya Police Service) will now focus on public safety and security while the Deputy IG (AP) will focus on protective and border security as well as cattle rustling and banditry.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will focus on criminal investigations.

To eliminate waste and overlap, the Kenya Police Service and the Administration Police have been merged into General Duty Police officers under the command of the Inspector General of Police.

To better combat transnational threats, the Rural Border Patrol Unit will now be Border Police Unit and its strength doubled to 6,000 officers under the command of Deputy IG (AP).

To enhance protection of critical national infrastructure and to support national government functions and security of government buildings, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) will be integrated and strengthened from 4,773 officers to 8,280 officers under the command of Deputy IG (AP).

The Kenya Police Anti-Stock Theft Units and the Administration Police Stock Theft Preventive Units will be merged and their numbers raised to 5,000 officers under the command of Deputy IG (AP).

Police Posts and Patrol Bases will also be merged within a police station jurisdiction area. This will make the police station, the center of policing service delivery under of the command of the Officer Commanding the Police Station (OCS).

The mandate of the OCS will be expanded to include Ward Commander; commanding police posts and patrol bases within the respective area of operation and to provide support to national government functions.

All Police Wards, Posts and Outposts formerly under the Administration Police will now fall under the General Duty Police.

There will be only one Regional Police Commander (RPC), one County Police Commander (CPC), one Sub-County Police Commander (SPC) and one Officer Commanding the Police Station (OCS)/Ward Commander in-charge of its posts and patrol bases.

At the same time, 12 positions have been rendered obsolete in the new structure; 

Administration Police Service Regional Commander.

Kenya Police Regional Service Commander.

Director of  Criminal Investigations Regional Commander.

County Coordinating Commander

Kenya Police Service County Commander

Administration Police Service County Commander

Director of  Criminal Investigations County Commander

Administration Police Service Sub-County Commander

Director of  Criminal Investigations Sub-County Commander

Kenya Police Service Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD)

District Administration Police Commander (DAPC)

Administration Police Service Ward Commander.

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