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Old police uniforms to have names – task force

Police officers in their new outfits that bears their names.

The National Police Service (NPS) has reverted to the old police uniforms. The move was proposed by a task force led by David Maraga.

The task force on police reforms, led by the retired Chief Justice David Maraga, had recommended in its report released last month that the service revert to the old blue uniform.

The new uniform now being adopted, will have an officer’s name, and force number. That will help in easy identity.

They proposed the committee be made of representatives from the Disciplined and Security Services whose mandate will be to approve standards, colours and qualities of uniforms for use by each Service.

“This recommendation flows from the numerous complaints voiced on the quality and supply of uniforms to the members of the three services,” the team said.

“As regards the NPS uniforms, in line with the overwhelming views of the public, police officers themselves, and the leadership of NPS, the taskforce recommends that the NPS reverts to its old police uniform for three years, during which a process of designing a new uniform should be commenced in accordance with the recommendations in this Report.”

“The Committee should also address the misuse of uniforms by the public,” the report says.

It can be remembered that the current uniform being phased out was a subject of political campaign in the last year’s general elections campaign. Politicians allied to Kenya Kwanza coalition promised to phase out the uniform – terming it to resemble the Azimio and PCEA church colours.

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