Administration Police (AP) Kenya

The Administration Police Service (A.P.S) in Kenya is a 40,000 strong paramilitary police force. Apart from maintaining law & order and the usual police roles, Administration Police Officers are also highly trained in field craft & tactics, jungle warfare, ballistics, forensics, border & sea operations, and special weapons & tactics. In the event of war or emergency, the Administration Police is capable of being deployed to defend the Country's sovereignty.

The history and origins of the Administration Police can be traced back to around 1902 when the colonial authorities enacted the Village Headman Ordinance to enable penetration of the native areas and bring the natives into the money economy, enforce tax, control movement of people & livestock, regulate agriculture and execute other various social and economic regulations. The Headmen were in charge as Village Chiefs and they reported to Regional Agents. A Headman enforced the Colonial Government's policies at village level with the assistance of local toughs and bullies who took up the role of Native Police. In 1929, the Tribal Police Ordinance was enacted to give legal backing and recognition to the Native Police. They were trained by their respective Regional Agents, most of whom had a military background, and also by elements of Kenya Police and the Kings African Rifles (KAR). In 1958, the Tribal Police Ordinance was revised to the Administration Police Act and the Force grew and developed into the present day Administration Police Service.

Administration Police Officers

Today, the Administration Police Force undertakes National security duties and its operations tackle the current global concerns such as terrorism, illicit arms, human trafficking, illicit drugs trade, piracy among others. The force's core functions are Crime detection & prevention, Border security, Emergency response, Protective security, Enforcement assistance to government departments, Terrorism interdiction, and Apprehension of offenders.

The four major units of the Administration Police which are charged with various functions are as follows:-

Administration Police Training College (APTC), is responsible for providing training to Administration Police and other officers from various Government departments & parastatals. It is also the APTC that transforms recruits from civilians into hardened AP Paramilitary Police Officers. The college which is located in Embakasi off Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) also serves as the logistical hub of the Administration Police Force.

Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU), also known as "Radi" which means lightning in Swahili, the Administration Police RDU is a unit of elite Police Officers who can be deployed to any part of Kenya within a short duration in response to emergencies or incidents that threaten security. RDU Officers receive regular training, refresher courses and additional tactical training from the US Marines. The unit also operates independently from the Administration Police in their area of deployment hence it does not affect normal operations. 

Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU), AP Rural Border Patrol Unit is mandated with providing security along Kenya's borders through interdiction of terrorism activities, control of small arms, and reduction of cross-border crimes within and along ports of entry. RBPU has a training unit, the Border Patrol School, and specialized teams known as the Border and Sea Operations Team (BORSOPTS) and a Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

Security of Government Buildings Unit (SGB), the AP Security of Government Buildings Unit is charged with the responsibility of providing security to VIPs, Government buildings & installations, and Government's cash in transit. Administration Police SGB Officers can also provide security to private firms subject to conditions of contract for the hire of armed security personnel as stipulated in the Kenya Gazette.

For recruitment into the Administration Police, the Government announces the nationwide National Police Service recruitment to the public through the media. The recruitment exercise is held on the same day throughout the Country and interested persons present themselves at their respective County's venue to be enlisted. Prospective candidates who wish to join must be Kenyan citizens (Kenyan I.D needed as proof), Aged between 18-28 years for KCSE holders & not more than 30 years for university graduates, should be fit in accordance to Police standards, have no criminal record (certificate of good conduct required), and females must not be pregnant. Candidates are also required to present a written application stating their preference to join the Administration Police and attach copies of their original certificates & testimonials.

GSU Officer Irene Wanjiku, Kenya's Best Police Woman Sharpshooter

Officer Irene Wanjiku from the General Service Unit (GSU) emerged the best woman at the Kenya National Police Service annual rifle shooting championships held at the Anti-Stock Theft Unit in Gilgil, Nakuru County on Nov 24, 2016.

Kenya General Service Unit Best Sharpshooter, Officer Irene Wanjiku

She reigned supreme with 582 points which added to the 9,851 points the General Service Unit Team amassed to retain the National Police Police Service rifle shooting championships title. The victory earned her a promotion from Constable to the rank of Corporal and she attributed her success to hard work and discipline.

GSU's Corporal Irene Wanjiku is carried after emerging the best overall in the women's category at the Kenya National Police Service annual rifle shooting championships 2016

The men's category of the championships was won by Sergeant Rashfold Mutegi from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit which saw him get elevated to the rank of Senior Sergeant. 

Recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets & Specialist Officers into Kenya Defence Forces 2015

The Ministry of Defence is pleased to announce the recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets & Specialist Officers into the Kenya Defence Forces for the year 2015.

Bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law. All persons presenting themselves for recruitment with fake/falsified documents or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted. If you accept to be conned, you will lose your money/property and be jailed; it has happened to many during last recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Recruitment of personnel into KDF is absolutely FREE FOR ALL KENYAN CITIZENS.


Prospective candidates who wish to apply must possess the following relevant requirements:
  • Candidates must be Kenyan citizens
  • Aged between 18-26 yrs, Should be physically and medically fit in accordance with KDF standards
  • Have no criminal record 
  • Minimum height 5ft 3in ( 5' 3" ),
  • Minimum weight for men 54.55 kg & 50 kg for women
  • Female candidates must not be pregnant


A minimum of mean grade B (plain) in KCSE up to university degree with minimum subject grade of C+ (plus) in English, Mathematics and in any one of the Pure Sciences (Physics, Chemistry or Biology). 

Those aspiring to join KDF as GSO Cadets should note that the initial training period will cover three continuous years leading to a BSC in Military Science on completion.

Specialist Officers
A minimum of mean grade B (plain) in KCSE and an undergraduate degree from a recognised Institution or University. Must be registered with the relevant statutory body where applicable and minimum 2 years working experience.


Medical Officers
Must have a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) Degree and registere with the Medical Practitioners Board (MPDB).

Must have a Bachelor of Dentistry degree and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

Must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a post-graduate diploma from Kenya school of Law, must be admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and be in possession of a valid current practicing certificate.

Must have a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree and be registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).

Electrical Engineers
Must have a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Bachelor of Technology Degree and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

Mechanical Engineers
Must have a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering or BSc. in Production Engineering Degree and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

Marine Engineers
Must have a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering or BSc. in Production Engineering Degree and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

IT Specialists
Must have a BSc. in Statistics Degree with Information Technology.

  • Roman Catholic Chaplains: Must have a professional degree and be an ordained priest. 
  • Anglican Church Chaplains: Must have a professional degree and be an ordained priest. 
  • Muslim Imams: Must have a professional degree and be a qualified Imam.

Material Estimate Officer

Must have a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Degree and be registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).

Must have a BSc. in Information and Communication Technology.

The initial military training for Specialist Officers will take four months. 

How to Apply

Clear photocopies of relevant and genuine academic certificates and national identity card must be attached the application and be addressed to the:

Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces
(Personnel and Logistics)
Ministry of Defence
Defence Headquarters
Ulinzi House
P.O. Box 40668
Nairobi - 00100

Should reach him on or before 14th August 2015. Candidates who will be shortlisted for GSO Cadets / Specialist Officers shall be notified through the print media between 15th Sep - 19th Sep 2015.

Kenya The 8th Most Powerful Military In Africa And 68th Worldwide

Military Strength Of Kenya 2015

Kenya with its yearly defence budget of US$ 595 million has been ranked by Global Firepower (GFP) as having the 8th most powerful military force in Africa and 68th Worldwide in the year 2015.

According to GFP 2015, Kenya has a population of around 45 million people of which 12 million are fit for military service while in the military, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have 24,120 active frontline personnel and another 5,000 active in the Reserve.

GFP also states that the Kenya Defence Forces are equipped with a mix of old and new military equipment which are 76 Tanks, 591 Armored Fighting Vehicles, 30 Self-Propelled Guns, 25 Towed Artillery Guns but 0 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems, 127 Aircraft including Helicopters and 19 Naval Vessels including 7 Coastal Defence Craft.

Kenya Army Officers in a military operation
The top 11 African Countries ranked according to Military Power by GFP for the year 2015 are as follows respectively; Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Angola, Niger and Uganda.

In East Africa, Ethiopia takes first position as the most powerful military force followed by Kenya at second position, Uganda takes third position while Tanzania and Somalia take the fourth and fifth positions respectively. Surprisingly, GFP also shows that war torn Democratic Republic of Congo is more powerful in military strength than Tanzania.

Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers Recruitment 2015

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is a State Corporation tasked with the responsibility of managing and conserving Wildlife in Kenya as provided for under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013. KWS operates in harsh, remote and hostile climatic environment and wishes to recruit Men and Women who can endure these conditions for training and deployment in various conservation areas as Rangers in response to the wildlife security challenges currently being experienced in Kenya.

KWS Rangers Recruitment
Successful candidates will undergo a mandatory basic intensive paramilitary training at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy - Manyani before posting to the field for Park and Security operations. Interested candidates who meet the following requirements are requested to present themselves at the respective Recruitment Centres:-
  • Must be a Kenyan citizen
  • Must hail from the within the County of recruitment
  • Aged between 18-25 years
  • Maximum KCSE mean grade D+ (Plus)
  • Be physically fit
  • Must have no criminal record
  • Candidates must be in possession of Original School Certificates, National ID Card
  • Candidates must turn up in appropriate running gear
It should also be noted as follows:-
  • The recruitment will be conducted only in the designated recruitment centers and dates by a team of Kenya Wildlife Service Officers appointed by the Director General and issued with special identification cards.
  • The recruitment shall reflect the regional diversity of the Kenyan people.
  • The entire exercise will be conducted transparently and the successful candidates will be issued with recruitment cards.
  • Any person presenting him/herself for recruitment with fake/falsified identity cards, certificates or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted.
  • The recruitment exercise is absolutely FREE OF CHARGE and Kenya Wildlife Service will not be responsible for any recruitment conducted outside guidelines stated herein.
  • Canvassing and lobbying will lead to automatic disqualification.
The recruitment will be carried out in all Counties as shown here below: