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The Funtions of the Commission as per The National Police Service Act

 

  • Section 4 (1) provides that the National Police Service shall consist of such maximum number of officers as shall be determined from time to time by the National Security Council in consultation with the Commission.
  • Section 7 (2) provides that the Commission shall vet all officers to assess their suitability and competence;
  • Section 7 (4) provides that the Commission in consultation with the Cabinet Secretary shall develop criteria and regulations to guide the exercise of vetting of officers;
  • Section 8A (1) provides that notwithstanding the provision of any written law, independent command of the Inspector-General in relation to the Service envisioned in Article 245 (2) (b) and section 8 of the Act, means that Inspector-General shall be responsible for all matters relating to command and discipline of the Service subject to disciplinary control of the Commission;
  • Section 16 provides that the President, on recommendation of the Commission, may appoint one of the Deputy Inspector-General to act as the Inspector General for a period not exceeding three months;
  • Section 25 (2) provides that the Cabinet Secretary may, on the advice of the Commission, from time to time, by Order published in the Gazette, amend the Schedule;
  • Section 26 (n) provides that the DIG-APS shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Inspector- General or the Commission or as may be prescribed by this Act, or any other written law;
  • Section 29 (4) provides that the Commission shall appoint the Director (of Criminal Investigations) on such terms and conditions as the Commission may determine;
  • Section 29 (9) (b) (iv) provides that the Director of Criminal Investigations shall be responsible for the performance of such other duties as may be assigned by the Inspector General, the Commission, or as may be prescribed by this Act, or any other written law;
  • Section 30 provides that whenever a vacancy arises in the office of the Director of Criminal Investigations the President shall on the recommendation of the Commission within fourteen days from the date the vacancy arises, appoint a suitably qualified person to serve as the Director of Criminal Investigations;
  • Section 33 provides that the Directorate (of Criminal Investigations) shall have such number of officers drawn from the Service as may be assigned from time to time by the Commission;
  • Section 71 (2) provides that a member of the Service who intends to engage in other forms of employment shall apply for and obtain approval from the Commission;
  • Section 72 (1) provides that if it appears expedient in the interest of public order and safety, the Inspector-General with the approval of the National Security Council may request the National Police Service Commission to appoint persons to be special police officers for such period and within such area as may be considered necessary;
  • Section 76 (1) provides that a Police officer below the rank of Deputy Inspector-General shall retire from the Service on attaining the age of sixty years but may, with the approval of the Commission, be permitted to retire on attaining the age of fifty years.
  • Section (76A) provides that the Commission shall keep, maintain and update a database of all officers who retire, desert, are dismissed or otherwise leave the Service;
  • Section 79 (1) provides that the Commission shall:
    1. develop a training policy;
    2. approve training curricula; and
    3. oversee their implementation.
  • Section 79 (2) provides that the Commission shall regularly review the training curricula to ensure its relevance to policing requirements;
  • Section 80A (1) provides that there is established a Service Examination Board, which shall comprise of nine members appointed by the Commission;
  • Section 80A (3) provides that the Commission may by regulations make further provisions in regards to the Service Examination Board;
  • Section 81 provides that the Commission shall in consultation with the Inspector-General develop guidelines on examination and certification of police trainees;
  • Section 82 provides that police officers may form Service welfare associations, and such association shall be recognized by the Inspector-General, the Commission and the Cabinet Secretary as appropriate associations for consultation in respect of any matter specified in section 83 and any other matter concerning police officers;
  • Section 83 (a) provides that police associations formed in accordance with the NPS Act shall be responsible for bringing to the notice of the Inspector-General, the Commission and the Cabinet Secretary any the matters affecting the general welfare and efficiency of the Police;
  • Section 87 (6A) provides that where the (Internal Affairs) Unit recommends disciplinary action, it shall submit a copy of the recommendations to the Commission.
  • Section 87 (10) provides that there shall be an effective relationship and regular reporting by the Internal Affairs Unit to the Independent Police Oversight Authority, Coroners, the Chief Firearms Licensing Officer as well as the Commission.
  • Section 89 (2) provides that the police officer authorized to impose a penalty for a disciplinary offence, shall enter a record of such punishment, the date of the punishment and the offence for which it was inflicted on the record sheet of the police officer punished, a copy of which shall be forwarded to the Commission for review and confirmation;
  • Section 89 (5) provides that a member of the Service aggrieved by a decision made under this section may appeal to the Commission in accordance with the procedure laid out by Regulation made by the Commission in consultation with the Inspector-General;
  • Section 89 (6) provides that the sanctions under Section 89 (1) only take effect after approval and confirmation by the Commission;
  • Section (6A) provides that an officer recommended for dismissal under disciplinary proceedings shall be suspended from duty, pending the final decision of the Commission;
  • Section 110 (5)provides that the Commission shall keep, maintain and update a database of all the officers of the Reserve police officers;
  • Section 110 (6) provides that the Commission shall upon the commencement of the NPS Act, vet all existing Reserve police officers to assess their suitability and competence, and any such officer who fails the vetting shall not continue to serve the Service;
  • Section 110C (a) provides that the Police reserve officers shall be recruited by the Commission upon recommendation and in consultation with the Inspector-General;
  • Section 115 (1) provides that a reserve police officer shall be paid such remuneration and allowances as the Commission shall in consultation with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission determine;
  • Section 124 (1) provides that the Commission may make regulations for the better carrying out of the purposes of the NPS Act, and in particular for:
    1. regulating the hours of duty for police officers and the keeping and signing of records of attendance;
    2. regulating and co-ordinating duties to be performed by police officers;
    3. regulating the granting of leave to police officers;
    4. prescribing arrangements and procedures for providing, assisting in or co-co-ordinating staff development programmes; and
    5. the employment of civilian staff within the Service.
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