DCI Raids College, Flashes Out Trainees with Fake Academic Papers.
An impromptu operation exposed recruits who enlisted as police constables in the National Police Service using forged academic credentials (NPS).
A crackdown at the National Police College main campus in Kiganjo on Wednesday, June 15, revealed a high forgery level scheme within the service, according to a report released by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
According to DCI, ten recruits were caught up in the forgery syndicate during an impromptu operation to verify academic papers.
According to a report sent to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) by former Nairobi regional commander Japheth Koome, the ten had forged the Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE).
According to the KNEC report, recruits who had already beaten the system had changed their grades to match the requisite requirements listed by NPS.
Investigations into their forged certificates indicated that some subject grades and mean grades had been deliberately altered to match the needed minimum requirements for joining the service.
Following the revelation, the ten were immediately discharged from the service, as were their courses at Kiganjo.
According to a DCI report, the apprehended recruits were among 5,000 police constables hired in March of this year as part of the government’s efforts to increase the ratio of police officers to civilians in order to improve service delivery.
“After their arrest, the fake documents were confiscated and kept in safe custody as exhibits, to be used as evidence against them in court.” The suspects have since lost their slots in the service, after failing the integrity test and three months of rigorous training, “the DCI stated.
According to the police, due diligence is a routine process that recruits are required to go through every year in order to authenticate their academic credentials.
Anyone interested in joining the police force must have a minimum mean grade of D+ and be fluent in spoken English and Swahili.
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This comes after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i raised the issue of fake academic papers during a meeting with diplomats on Thursday, June 16.
“It’s unfortunate that men and women are spending whole days debating whether or not some people went to school. The question of whether one possesses clearly stipulated requirements should be a straightforward yes or no issue,” Matiang’i stated.