Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi

Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi

The public has until February 5 to submit views on the officers, who are drawn from the Criminal Investigations Department, regular police and Administration Police.

IAU, a semi-autonomous body, will among others deal with cases of indiscipline, including corruption, against police officers.

NPSC chairman Johnston Kavuludi said successful candidates will help the commission in digging out information on other officers when their time comes.

?IAU is a crucial unit and has so many complaints on officers. They will help us dig out information needed to carry out the vetting exercise. And by vetting them, we will strengthen them in their roles,? said Kavuludi.

Kavuludi said they are allowed to summon even junior officers for vetting.

It will also receive and investigate complaints by members of the service, monitor and investigate complaints against police officers from members of the public. The detectives will also investigate anonymous complaints.

?If an anonymous complaint cannot be investigated and a written report is not completed, the complaint should be filed for future reference but should not be attributed in any way to the employee?s record or personal file,? says a report that created the unit.

The unit is among those recommended for establishment by the National Police Service Act and the Philip Ransley report on police reforms.

?It will endeavour to maintain an impartial and objective investigation to make sure that fairness and justice will be served to both police and the complainant.?

The unit investigates any major violation of the police policy, procedure, and regulation and misconduct of any officer at the request of the commanders in charge.

Unlike in the past, it is the unit, which will recommend the suspension or termination from employment of any officer under investigation. The unit will have offices in all 47 counties.

By Cyrus Ombati, The Standard

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