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PS State Department for Correctional Services, Dr. Salome Beacco, CBS addressing the newly recruited probation officers at the Prison Staff Training College in Ruiru. (Photo Courtesy: Patrick Ambani)


By Christine Milka

A total of 371 probation officers have successfully joined the State Department for Correctional Services (211 female,160 male) and will be deployed across different probation stations in the country.

The new probation officers are expected to enhance service delivery by using non-custodial sanctions by the Judiciary to facilitate supervision of offenders placed on non-custodial sentences, as well as rehabilitation, reintegration and resettlement of offenders in the community.

Probation and After Care Service largely contributes to national security in the management of non-custodial offenders through crime prevention, supervision, rehabilitation, and reintegration of offenders. Enhancement of peace and security is pivotal in ensuring the government’s agenda is achieved.

The PS, Dr. Salome M. Beacco, CBS commissioned the newly recruited officers at the Prison Staff Training College, and issued them with posting letters to their different stations they are expected to work from.

’’I encourage you to come to this department with an open mind, be willing to learn and help these offenders reintegrate smoothly into the society,’’ the PS said while congratulating the officers on their milestone in joining the Civil Service.

She also urged them to take up their duties and responsibilities to support the department in achieving its objectives and goals.

’’I assure you of my support and commitment to strengthening the role of Probation Service in the administration of Justice and transforming Correctional Services to become centers of excellence in Kenya and beyond,’’ she said.

Accompanying the PS was the Commissioner General of Prisons Brg (Rtd) John Warioba, CBS, Acting Probation and Aftercare Services Secretary Dr. Christine Obondi, OGW, the Prison Staff Training College Ruiru Commandant Mr. Angus Masoro, Director HRM&D Mr. Peter Koros, senior officers from the State Department Headquarters and Probation and After Care Services department.

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