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Senior Sergeant of Kenya police;Duties & Responsibilities, Requirements for appointment

Duties and Responsibilities

An officer at this rank may be deployed at the Kenya Police Service (KPS) Headquarters, County or in any of the following formations/unit:- General Service Unit, Kenya Police College, Traffic Department, Anti Stock Theft Unit, Kenya Airport Police Unit, Presidential Escort, Kenya Railway Police, Diplomatic Police Unit, Marine Police Unit, Tourist Police Unit, Police Dog Unit.

Headquarters, Formations and Units

Duties and responsibilities will entail:- supervising Sergeants, Corporals and Constables in being in-charge staff welfare; performing parade duties; attending courts to give evidence; performing band duties; repairing and maintaining equipment; bonding of witnesses; carrying out security coverage of VIPs; in-charge of escort and court orderlies; interrogating suspects and interviewing witnesses and/or victims; developing daily, weekly and monthly crime reports; planning daily duties of a company; ensuring cleanliness in police lines and camps; inspecting camps and personnel; attending to radio calls and disseminating information; ensuring messages/signals are safe from unauthorized access; being in charge police lines discipline; serving court summons and executing warrants; conducting parades duties; carrying out morning call-ups and evening briefs.

The officer will also undertake traffic duties and investigating crimes; apprehending offenders; supervising beats and patrols; collecting intelligence; organizing field operations; responding to distress calls; supervising beach and sea patrols; maintaining, repairing and servicing of police equipment such as vehicles, arms boats amongst others; performing escort duties; collecting crime intelligence; undertaking joint raids and ambushes; screening of persons entering airports and other public places; visiting and preserving scenes of crime; performing night rounds; tracking and recovering stolen motor vehicles; undertaking riot and crowd control and coverage duties.


Duties and responsibilities when deployed within a county will entail:-being in-charge of armoury; coordinating various activities in a police station; ensuring the dispatch of signals and other police communication; being in charge of discipline of officers under him/her, gender desk, beats and patrols; heading a medium sized police post; performing parade duties; deputizing officer in-charge station in small stations; driving government vehicles, motorcycles and boats; overseeing a police post; deploying officers in lower ranks; preparing duty rosters; overseeing police transport; assigning cases to officers; signing charge sheets; overseeing police lines and armoury ; issuing and receiving police fire arms; undertaking station orderly duties; ensuring maintenance and cleanliness of police quarters; coordinating the delivery of case files to court; assisting members of public; escorting victims of gender based violence; interrogating suspects and interviewing witnesses and/or victims; serving court summons and executing warrants; arresting offenders; visiting and analyzing scenes of crime; overseeing motor vehicle escort; and protecting government buildings and vital installations.

Training Institutions

Duties and responsibilities of an officer deployed at the Training Institution will entail:- being in-charge of welfare; acting as a bridge between junior officers and senior officers; being in-charge of armoury and performing duties such as issuing of firearms to officers on duty and maintaining armoury records; allocating houses to officers; in charge of radio room/radio room controller; dispatching signals and other police communication; in charge of discipline, beats and patrols; performing training and instructional duties; supervising junior officers; acting as platoon commander or deputy platoon commander; inspecting camps and personnel; taking care of personnel welfare; supervising communication to and from other counties, units and formations and other field companies; keeping messages/signals safe from unauthorized access; undertaking platoon administration; performing parade duties; and repairing and maintaining of police equipment.

 Requirements for Appointment for Senior Sergeant police of Kenya

For appointment to this rank, an officer must have:-

  • served in the rank of a Sergeant of Kenya Police for a minimum period three (3) years;
  • successfully completed Sergeant to Senior Sergeant Course/Platoon Senior Sergeant Course lasting not less than three (3) months;
  • no disciplinary conviction or adverse report in the last six (6) months;
  • passed all Police Law Examination Papers; and
  • met the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 on Leadership and Integrity and Article 232 on Values and Principles of Public Service.

Note: In addition, an officer at this rank will be required to undergo any of the skills upgrading courses stipulated in Clause 10 of these Guidelines.

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