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DCI Detective Receives Prestigious Award in New York

by Zablon Ondari
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A Kenyan detective attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Anti Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit, has been honoured for his role in protecting vulnerable children.

Detective Lawrence Okoth received his prestigious award at an elaborate gala ceremony for child protection held at Cipiriani 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York City.

In a ceremony that brought glory to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the country at large, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children awarded detective Okoth the Everyday Hero Award.

Two other exceptional police officers, one from India and the other from Guatemala also received the award for their outstanding performance in handling matters affecting children and safeguarding their rights.

A certified digital forensic investigator who specializes in smoking out pedophiles preying on innocent children, Okoth has for the past three years utilized his skills to nail suspects and put them where they belong, earning him international recognition.

In one outstanding case, the detective who is a Computer Science graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, assisted by other officers from the Child Protection unit arrested a 71-year-old pedophile after he shared disturbing tapes online, depicting child sexual abuse.

This led to a manhunt for the elderly man who is a telecommunications pensioner from Germany and who had sexually abused two boys aged 11 and 13 in Ukunda, Kwale county before he fled to Nyalenda in Kisumu when he realized that detectives were on his trail.

The elderly man would permanently put his victims on stupefying drugs as Okoth and team later discovered while rescuing the two boys in Ukunda.

While in Kisumu, the pensioner continued luring young boys aged between 11-13 into his trap, before defiling them until he was arrested in May 2020 in Nairobi.

International Centre for Missing Children Chief Executive Officer Bob Cunningham, gave detective Okoth a glowing tribute for a job well executed and for being a frontline defender of children’s rights.

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