What you need to know:
- Officers in all sections of the NPS, including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), are affected.
- The move has sparked fears that some of the officers could resort to crime to supplement their income.
A group of police officers are up in arms over salary cuts that have left many of them in a quandary. The more than 1,000 officers are frustrated at having been reportedly downgraded from Job Group J to F without their knowledge.
Affected are those designated as ‘Graduate Constables”, who were shocked to find their November salaries reduced to the level of the ordinary police constable — from a basic salary of Sh59,000 to Sh32,000. They plan to sue the National Police Service (NPS) over the pay cut .
The officers are staring at a grim festive season. Like many other salaried Kenyans, most of them will have difficulty paying rent, meeting monthly statutory deductions and servicing sacco loans. Others had even taken out the more expensive bank loans. Some have been left with a salary that is not enough to buy food and cater for other expenses.
Officers in all sections of the NPS, including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), are affected. Besides that definitely affecting the officers’ morale and eagerness to tackle their dangerous assignments, it has sparked fears that some of them could resort to crime to supplement their income.
Low morale in the security agencies is the last thing anybody would wish to see at the time when the country and region are facing an increasing terror threat. Not long ago, the NPS recalled the officers from leave to boost security. For instance, there has been an increased deployment of police to monitor the porous 900-kilometre border with Somalia as a precautionary measure because terrorists such as Al-Shabaab, who are based in the Horn of Africa country, might take advantage of the festive season to mount attacks.
The NPS is said to be attempting to implement a March 2, 2018 directive against officers who had gained pay increments after attaining university degrees while serving as constables. This matter should be quickly reviewed and resolved.