Members of the Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) were sworn in on Monday and are expected to start their work any time from Tuesday.
Mr Tom Kagwe of Kenya Human Rights Commission, Ms Fatuma Ali Saman, Ms Jane Njeri Onyango, Ms Grace Madoka, Mr Vincent Kiptoo and Ms Rose Awuor took oath of office at the Supreme Court in Nairobi and are expected to serve for six years.
Ipoa chairperson Macharia Njeru acknowledged the fact that there were many challenges ahead, but warned that any police officer found to have been involved in crime would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Mr Njeru said that their first priority would be to improve conditions of service within the force.
However, he warned that the current conditions should not be used as an excuse for the officers to engage in corruption.
Speaking during the swearing in, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said that there was an urgent need for reforms in both the police and the Judiciary, describing them as key to the administration of justice.
He added that there was a need to coordinate the operations of the two institutions to fast-track delivery of justice.
Internal Security permanent secretary Mutea Iringo put police on high alert to deal with terror threats. He also called on them to be accountable.
The police watchdog will investigate complaints related to disciplinary or criminal offences committed by any member of the National Police Service.
It will also make recommendations — including prosecution, compensation, internal disciplinary action or any other appropriate relief — to the relevant authorities. It shall make public responses to the recommendations.
The team shall also receive and investigate complaints by members of the service, as well as monitor and investigate policing operations affecting members of the public.