The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) says that following the disbanding all the Flying Squad sub-units across the country, only the headquarters team in Nairobi will remain.
This marks the end of the Flying Squad and no officer should present himself or herself to the public as such, the DCI cautioned. Equally, the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) has been scaled down, with a smaller team to be based at the headquarters, which been renamed Special Service Unit (SSU).
Officers deployed to the unit have undergone intense training in and out of the country, upgrading their competencies, and enhancing skills and knowledge.
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). It will have a maximum of 50 specialised officers, who will respond to specific cases.
These include armed robberies, kidnappings, motor vehicle thefts, and the sale and distribution of contraband and substandard goods. Before they are assembled, the selected officers will undertake specialised training within and out of the country.
Both the SSU and SSH will be linked directly to the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) for intelligence-driven operations alongside other augmenting units, including cyber crime, ballistics, and scenes of crime. Others are Principal Crime Registrar, Crime Intelligence Unit, and Homicide (DNA, toxicological, chemistry and biology labs), currently being installed in an Ultra-Modern Forensic Laboratory.
The units will work closely with other security agencies for information and intelligence sharing. Both squads will be on standby 24/7 for critical crime emergencies.