President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended recruits for joining the police service to help protect the lives of Kenyans.
Speaking at the Kenya Police College in Kiganjo, Nyeri County, President Kenyatta said the recruits are competent because they have undergone rigorous training.
“Those passing out today have endured the rigours of nine months of training, which has turned them into disciplined officers. Throughout, they showed great skill and dedication,” he said.
He presided over the graduation of close to 4,000 police constables before attending the burial of ex-Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua.
He was accompanied by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.
Family members of the recruits also graced the event.
Mr Kenyatta urged the officers to practice integrity.
“There are few responsibilities as heavy as this one. Discharge it to the very best of your abilities and do not let down the nation that has given you so much,” he pleaded.
He said this year the government will be recruiting an additional 10,000, which will total to approximately 40,000 servicemen and women recruited over the last four years.
The Head of State said the activity is in line with the United Nations’ proposed benchmark ratio of one policeman or woman to every 450 civilians.
He added that he is committed to ensuring that the police department is modernised, through the use of advanced surveillance equipment and the purchase of vehicles that can be used in conducting security activities.
He said the revision of medical cover and ongoing housing projects are some of the strategies put in place to promote better working conditions.