DCI strikes agreement with two European countries in fight against terrorism

Timely boost for crime fighting department

DCI boss George Kinoti

The DCI on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on acquiring new equipment to be used to fight terrorism.

The unit, is set to get crime scene investigations kits that will be used during anti-terror operations.

DCI boss George Kinoti noted that the deal will help enhance security in the country.

“This is a big boost as it comes at a time when terrorism is an issue in our country.

“We will prudently use them,” remarked Kinoti.

The agreement comes after the UK in 2018 had offered to fund and expand the counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) training facility to a regional center that was given the go ahead by President Uhuru Kenyatta last Thursday.

The new facility will be constructed at the Embakasi Garrison in Nairobi.

The new center is set to be a constituent college of the International Peace Support Training Centre that will equip the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) personnel with the knowledge and technology to effectively detect and safely disarm IEDs.

New forensic lab

In January, the department had received another boost as Kinoti had revealed that the new forensic laboratory would begin operations in two months.

The DCI boss had affirmed the lab would start functioning once the Biological, Chemistry, Toxiological and DNA labs are equipped.

The Police had relied on foreign laboratories to conduct tests for evidence on issues under probe. For instance, toxicological tests were done either in South Africa or in Europe.

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