Flying Squad Unit disbanded, renamed

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 17:50 | By
Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti. PHOTO/File

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has disbanded the Flying Squad and formed a new unit called Sting Squad Headquarters (SSH) that will have a maximum of 50 detectives.

Kinoti in a statement on Tuesday said SSH trained officers will respond to specific cases among them armed robberies, kidnappings, motor vehicle theft, sale and distribution of contraband and substandard goods.

“I have disbanded the Flying Squad because of many complaints from the public on how they were operating,” he said.

Kinoti also scaled down The Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) and re-named it Special Service Unit (SSU).

“SSU will have officers with intense training in and outside the country in a bid to enhance their knowledge and abilities,” Kinoti said.

"The two new units 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," he added.

The units will work closely with other State Security Agencies for information and intelligence sharing. Kinoti said he has written to police bosses asking them to recommend suitable officers to join the new units.

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