New grooming rules for female officers

Dec, 24th 2020 – Regional police commanders could soon be forced to spend some of their crime-busting time monitoring their female juniors who are reported to have been bending dress code rules.

Deputy Inspector-General Edward Mbugua, has threatened to take disciplinary action against female police officers who dress inappropriately while on duty or apply heavy make-up. 

The directive bans long braids, flashy weaves, huge afros and other hairstyles that either hamper wearing of safety gear or go beyond the facial features stated in the rule book. The official police dress code bars police officers from having hair lower than their shirt collars, below their ears or eyebrows.   

Last December, Mbugua issued a similar directive. He has also warned against fancy hairstyles and accessories.

In 2014, police officer Linda Okello, manning the KCB Safari Rally championship in Kiambu went viral causing a buzz in the country. She raised fears of being demoted of which she survived the controversy but later on she got demoted and transferred to Molo Police station.

In September, Vigilance House ordered all officers to acquire the new Persian-blue uniform even before issuing new sets to each individual forcing many to buy theirs for between Sh4,000 and Sh6,500.

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