Flying Squad unit of police has been disbanded and the officers sent to other departments in a restructuring done by the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti.
“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.” Kinoti stated today.
The over 60 officers who have been working under the unit were asked to surrender government wares which included weapons and handcuffs and wait for further communication on where they will be posted.
Head of the unit Musa Yego will now be based at the DCI headquarters while his deputy Jack Owino was moved to Embu and named the local DCIO.
The dreaded Flying Squad officers operated in civilian clothes and were behind killings of many dangerous criminals but were also accused of being involved in crime and extra-judicial killings.
They will be replaced by 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.