DCI Special Service Unit has been disbanded by the Police IG Noor Gabow as the new boss, Amin Mohammed takes over.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Special Service Unit (SSU) has been disbanded with immediate effect following a directive from the Ag. IG Noor Gabow.
All officers serving in the disbanded unit have been recalled to DCI Headquarters for further instructions.
This comes as the DCI prepares for reorganization under the new administration.
Acting Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow gave the directive to disband the elite unit on Saturday, October 15.
“The DCI Special Service Unit (SSU) has been disbanded with immediate effect. This follows a directive from the Ag. IG Mr. Noor Gabow.
“All officers serving in the disbanded unit have been recalled to DCI Headquarters for further instructions,” read the DCI statement in part.
The disbanding is a part of a larger reorganization effort anticipated at the National Police Service (NPS) as the new leadership assumes control.
The squad was renowned for playing a vital part in the prosecution of serious offenses like robbery, murder, fraud, and kidnapping, among others.
The team was established in 1999 to take the position of the Special Crime Prevention Unit. It adopted its new name in 2019.
“It was created due to the increase in unusual and peculiar crimes within the Republic of Kenya. It discharges its duties under the immediate supervision of the Director Operations DCI Headquarters and on several occasions assist in areas where Crime is perceived to be on the rise within the Country,” reads its description on DCI Website.
The change came just hours after President William Ruto appointed Amin Mohammed to replace George Kinoti as the new Director of Criminal Investigations.
Amin took over from Kinoti who resigned from the post as Ruto assumed the office of president.