Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has reshuffled more than 120 traffic officers in changes aimed at enhancing security operations in the country.
The officers drawn from West Pokot, Narok, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Kajiado, Nandi, Trans Nzoia and Laikipia counties have moved to the general duties.
According to Police authorities, the changes were occasioned by various issues including disciplinary matters.
Traffic personnel are the most complained about group in the service because of the nature of their work.
The changes come in the wake of new warnings from police headquarters on the traffic police to keep off manning static roadblocks on the highways.
“These roadblocks are used as money minting stations hence the directive by the inspector General of police who wants only mobile checks to be in place,” said a police officer who sought anonymity.
On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said police are not enemies to the public and urged for cooperation from the citizens to enable them perform their duties well.
He cited videos he had seen where police were being roughed up while on duty.
“Police officers are not enemies. They are our friends. It is upon us, as citizens to obey the law and do what we are directed to do in line with the law. If we continue that way, I am confident that our nation will be safe and prosperous,” he said.