Written By: Sylvester Ruto, KBC Wed, Jul 07, 2010 The government has approved the recommendations of the National Task Force on police reforms on comprehensive in the police Service by implemented the first phase of police salary increment of between 25 to those in PG 11-15 and 28 percent to ranks PG 1-10. This raises the minimum basic salary and allowances of newly recruited regular and administration police, as well as prison warders from 18,155 shillings to 21,205 per month. Speaking during a press conference Wednesday, Internal security minister Professor George Saitoti said the government had set aside 5.1 billion shillings in this year's budget to finance the implementation of the first phase of the review which focuses on basic salary. Prof. Saitoti said the improvement of police salary will take three year programme to meet the lowest package salary of 34,000 per month. The minister said the second and third phases will have more significant increases when the allowances for the uniformed officers deployed in special areas of the Police services will be reviewed. These areas include Presidential Escort, GSU 'G' Company, Police Flying Squad and Special Crime Prevention Unit, AP Rapid Deployment and Border Patrol Units, Instructors, Police Air Wing and Animal Handlers. The second phase will be implemented in July 2011 and the third in July 2012. "At the end of the 3 years, the lowest salary package will have risen from Ksh. 18,155p.m to Kshs.34,000p.m inclusive of common allowances. The Disciplined Services will also benefit when the other allowances that are common to the civil Service and applicable to the police and Prisons Service such as house and hardship allowances are reviewed in future." Saitoti said that the government has set aside another 2 billion shillings to a high impact target security intervention program covering the investment in operation and maintenance of communication, crime profiling and intelligence analysis to enhancing security. The salary increment is pegged on the proposed police reforms, whose implementation is ongoing.