By Machuki Dennson
As the year came to the end, the only flying squad unit that was still in operation came to an end too. In a statement released by the directorate of Criminal investigate DCI on Tuesday a number of changes have been done in the reorganization of the directorate.
The statement read as follows:
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations wishes to inform the public that after disbanding all the Flying Squad Sub-units within the Country, only the Headquarters Unit based in Nairobi remained.
With effect from today, the Unit has equally been disbanded. This marks the end of the Flying Squad Unit & no officer will present himself or herself to the public as such.
Equally, the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) has been scaled down to a smaller unit only based at Headquarters, Nairobi. It has been renamed Special Service Unit (SSU). Officers deployed in the unit have undergone intense training in & outside the country leading to upgrading of their competencies, enhanced skills & knowledge aimed at making the Unit more effective & efficient while maximising on the available resources.
To replace the Flying Squad and create an auxiliary support team on identified, researched and profiled crimes, another squad has been formed and named “STING SQUAD HEADQUARTERS” (SSH) that will have a maximum of 50 specialized trained officers who will respond to specific cases. The cases include; armed robberies, kidnappings, motor vehicle theft, sale & distribution of contraband and substandard goods. Before they are assembled, the competitively selected officers will undertake specialized courses within & outside the country touching on their core areas of operation.
Both Squads (SSU) and (SSH) will be linked directly to the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) for intelligence driven operations alongside other augmenting Units including;Cybercrime, Ballistics, Scenes of Crime, Principal Crime Registrar, Crime Intelligence Unit, Homicide, (DNA, Toxicological, Chemistry and Biology Lab Units), currently being installed in the Ultra-Modern Forensic Laboratory. The units will work closely with other State Security Agencies for information and intelligence sharing, among others.
Both squads will be on standby 24/7 as needed in critical crime emergencies within the country.”
By Machuki Dennson