Has Kenya met the ratio of one police officer to 380 citizens?
“… In fact, we have superseded the international standard of 380 citizens to a police officer. ”
- William Ruto during an Interview on Citizen’s Sunday Live (July 2, 2017)
In the year ending June 30, 2016, the National Police Service had 90,442 officers, including 5,407 officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), 40,330 Administration Police (AP) and 44,705 in the Kenya Police Service.
Going by the 2016 population of 45.4 million Kenyans, the ratio of policemen to officers was at least 501 people for every police officer. This is significantly more than 380 citizens to an officer the deputy President claims
The number of officers who have left the service each year is not indicated, which is why the sum of recruits and existing officers may not add up to the next year’s totals.