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10 Police Recruits Nabbed For Faking Academic Certificates Used In Enrollment

Fridah Wangechi | 7 months ago
Police officers during a parade. PHOTO:NPS
Police officers during a parade. PHOTO:NPS

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) has revealed that ten police recruits attached at the National Police College Main Campus at Kiganjo in Nyeri County have been arrested for using forged documents to join the service.

The ten used the fake academic documents to be enlisted as Police Constables in the National Police Service (NPS) when their credentials were discovered to be forged and were nabbed while undergoing training resulting to the termination of their courses with immediate effect.

The discovery was made after the institution conducted due diligence on the authenticity of the recruits’ academic documents, which resulted in the unearthing of a high level forgery A report forwarded to the college by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) declaring that their Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education(KCSE) documents presented by the recruits as forged.

"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," the DCI stated in their press release.

The sleuths were guided by the current commandant of the campus, former Nairobi regional commander Jepheth Koome, in their bust where they pounced on the suspects namely,Mochama Opiyo Clive, Muithi John Kitavi, Natembea M. Kelvin, Nyapola Felix Angatia, Mwaulid Galgalo Bide, Gobra Grindguest, Ndambuki Irene Nzisa, Felix Kipkoech Langat, Kabatha Paul Kimani and John Crispus Amisi on the evening of Wednesday, June 15.

Their fake documents were confiscated and kept in safe custody as exhibits to be used in court as evidence. They have also been kicked out of the service after failing the integrity test and three months of training at the college.

They are currently in custody at the Kiganjo police station pending arraignment for forgery and other relevant charges.

The group is among 5,000 police constables who were recruited early this year as part of government’s efforts to improve service delivery to Kenyans through the increase of the ratio of Police to civilians in the country.

Their arrests comes at a time when forgery of academic certificates has become rampant, with many seeking to outsmart the system to acquire jobs and positions without the requisite qualifications. 

This being an election year, law enforcement is keen on ensuring that all recruits seeking to serve the public as officers of the law in the service are qualified to ensure that security is upheld during the period.

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