These are the Kenya Prisons Service recruitment requirements/qualifications as of 2018. Kenya Prisons Service is a department under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government which was established on 1st April 1991 by the British East Africa Protectorate. The Kenya Prisons Service is headed by a Commissioner General of Prisons; Isaya M. Osugo who is assisted Benjamin Njoga. The Kenya Prisons Services is mandated to keep in safe custody all prisoners placed under its care, rehabilitation and reformation of prisoners, facilitation of administration of Justice, containing and rehabilitation of young offenders in Borstal Institutions and youth corrective training centres and provision of facilities for children aged between 4 years and below accompanying their mothers in prison.
As of 2018, there are 92 correctional institutions in Kenya which include 89 prisons, two borstals; and one youth training centre. The current prisoners’ population stands at 54,000 of whom 48% are pre-trial detainees while the rest are sentenced. The Kenya Prisons Service staff stands at approximately 22,000 comprising of uniformed officers and auxiliary staff. This is according to the Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government.
Below are the recruitment requirements one must meet if they are interested in joining the Kenya Prisons Service as a constable.
1. You must be a Kenyan citizen.
2. You must have a Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)with a minimum grade of D+ and above or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
3. You must be between 18 – 28 years.
4. You must be physically fit.
5. You must be at least 5 feet 4 inches tall for men and 5 feet 2 inches tall for women.
6. You must have good hearing and clear vision.
7. You must have no criminal record.
8. Female candidates must not be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during training.
9. Prospective candidates must carry their original identification card, birth certificate, KRA PIN certificate, academic certificates and other testimonials on the day of recruitment.
On recruitment, successful candidates undergo an intensive Government sponsored paramilitary initial training course (professional) lasting not less than 9 months. In addition, while undergoing the professional training, recruits will be expected to undertake a self-sponsored certificate or diploma course in security and correctional Science offered by Kenyatta University at a cost to be determined by the university.
The Kenya National Police has not yet announced any recruitment dates. We will update the dates and venues anytime the announcement is done. Please note that no fee is required for one to be recruited into the service. Anyone found extorting money from the public in the name of helping them to secure employment in the service will be arrested.