President William Ruto has appointed retired Chief Justice David Maraga as Chairperson of the taskforce reviewing police welfare.
In a gazette Notice dated December 21, Ruto published the 23-member taskforce including three secretaries, tasked to Identify and recommend legal, policy, administrative, institutional and operational reforms in the NPS and KPS for effective service delivery.
The Taskforce is comprising of-
1.Chief Justice (Rtd.) David Kenani Maraga, Chairperson
2.Carole Kariuki – Vice Chairperson
3.Moffat Murithi Kang 4.John Ole Moyaki 5.Ibrahim Jllo Guyo, 6.Richard Kiundi,
(a) ldentify the legal, policy, administrative, institutional and operational constraints on effective service delivery by the National Police Service (hereafter, NPS) and the Kenya Prisons Service (hereafter, KPS);
(b) ldentity and recommend legal, policy, administrative, institutional and operational refoms in the NPS and KPS for effective service delivery
(c) Review and recommend improvement of the terms and conditions of service;
(d) Review and recommend improvement of matters relating to welfare of officers in all cadres of the NPS and KPS and all other matters incidental to the optimal service delivery by the NPS and KPS.
(e) Review and recommend on any other matter incidental to improved terms and conditions of service and other refoms in the NPS and KPS.
The Terms of Reterence of the Taskforce are to-
On welfare of members of the NPS and KPS;
(a) Examine the existing legislative, policy, institutional, administrative and operatiomal structures, systems and strategies and recommend comprehensive reforms in the NP’S and KPS;
(b) Examine the extent of the uptake of the recommendations of previous Task Forces, including but not limited to the John Mutony, (2002-2003), the Philip Ransley (2009) and the Titus Naikuni (2010-2012) Task Forces;
(c) Review the human capital management and development poicies with a view of examining and reviewing standards and practices in reeruitment, deployment, transters, training, career progression, performance based and competitive promotions, reward, exit, and post-exit management; and recommend implementation of changes that enhance morale, meritocracy and professionalism in the NP’S and KPS;
(d) Consider recommendations of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, National Police Service Commission, Kenya NationalCommission on Human Rights, Independent Policing Oversight Authority and any other recommendation on NPS and kPs welfare or retorms by any state organ,
(e) Recommend review of remuneration of members of the NP’S and KPS and consideration of new and applicable allowances to the NPS and KPS to enhance professionaism, efficiency and effectiveness of the NPS and KPS;
f) Assess the adequacy or otherwise of the current medical scheme for the NPS and KP’S and recommend comprehensive retom or revision ot the same with a view of improving it
g) Assess and recommend the establishment of funds or schemes to cater for loss of life or injuries in the line of duty, terminal illness including mental health illness and possible legal and administrative framework to cater for NP’S and KP’S officers dependants;
(h) Assess and recommend improvement of working and living conditions of members of the NPS and KPS;
(i) Assess the adequacy or otherwise of the current housing policy for members of the NPS and KP’S and where appropriate, recommend review of the same including recommendation tora housing mortgage tor officers,
(j) Examine all capacity building measures including training cumiculum, syllabus, continuous development tranings, reward measures and recommend reroris ncluang incorporation of incentives tor Police and prison ofticers especially the lower cadres to address professionalism, motivation and retention
(K) Consider the integration or otherwise of constitutional human rights and fundamental freedoms in the training and curiculum for NP’S and KPS officers, including application of international instruments ratified by the State;
(l) Assess issues of gender mainstreaming, sexual harassment, gender-based violence, establishment of gender desks, psychological support, guidance and counselling at station level and any other recommendation to improve mental wellbeing of the NP’S and KPS;
(m) Assess, consider, review and recommend the nature, quality and standard of the uniform for NP’S and KPS officers as well as that of prisoners/inmates On technical and operational capability of the NPS and KPS
(n) Assess, review tooling, equipping. logistical and technological capacity of the NPS and recommend changes necessary to sustain modern security management, disaster management, contlicts and early warning rapid response systems and jomt operational preparedness strategy;
(o) Assess adequacy, sufficiency or otherwise of NPS tools,c equipment, gear, communication and surveillance measures including use of drones and make appropriate recommendation including modernization and embracing technology in policing.
(p) Assess the necessity of adopting and operationalizing ICT Usage in all NPS and KP’S operations including adoption of digital occurrence books, body cameras, vehicles cameras, smart and intelligent surveillance equipment, among others, consistent with the Constitution;
(9 Assess and recommend general reforms and improvement of NP’S and KPS premises, including titling of all NPS and KPS land, progressive adoption and building of modern police stations that comply with intemational best practices and standards.
(r) Assess and consider the administration of the forensic laboratory with a view to ensuring more independence in its operations and decision making and expand its usage by multiple agencies within the criminal justice system;
(s) Assess and propose the review of reporting command, governance and accountability framework within the NPS and KP’S;
(t) Assess the implication on command and good order of NPS following the restructuring/merger of the Administration Police Service and Kenya Police Service;
(u) Assess and recommend establishment of clear guidelines on formation of specialized units within the NPS;
(v) Assess and consider opportunities and platforms for benchmarking on regional and international standards andexchange programmes with a view to modernizing policing and correctional services;
(W) Assess the legal and administrative framework to operationalize community policing with a view of embracing all-inclusive measures to combat crime;
(x)Undertake a comprehensive audit of legal framework to assess its consistencies and adequacy in executing the constitutional and statutory mandate of the NP’S and KPS
(y) Identify and propose any legislative and policy review, including review of standing orders, necessary to give effect to the recommendations of the Task Force; and
(z) Make any other recommendation(s) incidental to the improvement of terms and conditions of service for members of NPs and KP’S.
In the performance of its tasks, the Task Force shall regulate its own procedure and, may:
(a) Co-opt any person(s) as it may consider necessary or expedient for the proper performance of its functions;
(b) Hold public hearings including pre-hearings:
(c) In exceptional circumstances and when necessary, hold hearings or receive intormation n camera,
(d) Record all its hearings on Hansard or any other manner embracing technology
(e)Where appropriate administer oaths or affirmation, or take statements;
(f) Hold meetings, forums or consultations as it may deem necessary in such places and at such times as it may consider necessary for the proper discharge of its mandate;
(g) Consider reports of past or ongoing initiatives towards enhancing the legal, policy and institutional framework on NPS and KPS reforms and welfare;
(h) Review oficial reports, policy, legislative or any other document related to the Task Force mandate;
(i) Carry out or cause to be carried out such studies or research as may be necessary to assist the Task Force in the discharge of its mandate;
(J) Where appropriate, ensure the protection and safety of participants;
(k) Provide a conducive environment for hearings or interviews;
(L) Engage experts as may be necessary for the execution of its mandate,
(m) Review and compile background infomation and data on the subject matter,
(n) Invite stakeholders, keys intormants and experts to appear before the Task Force;
(o) Seek production of any document or record relevant to the Task Force mandate;
(p) Question any person and require from him/her the disclosure of relevant intormaton, respect to the maters under consideration,
(q) Receive written memoranda or information from professional bodies, public officers and the pubiic;
(r) Take all steps necessary, to prevent the disclosure of any information that would be injurious to a participant, National Police Service or,
(s) Establish committees or sub-committees to expedite the discharge of its tasks; and
(t) Adopt any other procedures and methods that it may consider expedient for the proper conduct of its business and to sit at any time or place that it may decide.
In furtherance of the objectives and purpose of the Taskforce,
All State entities are directed to afford the Taskforce all necessary upport and cooperation.
The Taskforce shall, as much as possible, engage relevant non-institutions ,international community-based organizations, social service entities, and faith-based state including and local partners,institutions, among others.
The deliverables of the Taskforce are-
(a) A Task Force Report; and
(b) An Implementation Matrix.
The term of the Taskforce is a period of ninety (90) days with effect from the date of this notice
The Secretariat of the Taskforce shall be at the Ministry of Interior nterior and National Administration.
The Secretariat address shall be:
Ministry of Interior and National Administration P.O. Box 30510-00100, Nairobi