A national commission in Kenya has fired 302 police officers who refused to be vetted as part of reforms of the police force.

The reforms are aimed at restoring public confidence in an institution known for endemic corruption and human rights abuses.

The National Police Service Commission said Thursday that the officers, most of them in the traffic department, will receive dismissal letters from police chief Joseph Boinnet, who is also a member of the commission.

Chairman Johnston Kavuludi says the decision to dismiss the officers was reached at a board meeting held at the commission's offices on Tuesday.

Kenya is vetting all its police officers as part of a reform package the government agreed to undertake after adopting a new constitution in 2010.