U.S. donates vehicles and motorbikes to the DCI Kenya to aid in the fight against terrorism.
Through the FBI-run Anti-Terror Assistance Program, the United States has donated two cars and 12 motorcycles to The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The goal of the logistical support is to improve the operations of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit and the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the anti-terrorist campaign.
The State Department Bureau of Counter Terrorism provided the donation, which was represented by FBI agents Mike Solis and Julius Nutter.
“The donations were made courtesy of the growing and improving the partnership between the Directorate and the United States, in the security sector,” the DCI said Friday.
The agency said the present Kenya-US security partnership has seen the DCI benefit in terms of developing the human resource capacity of the agents to respond to contemporary security challenges.
“This was after the realization that emerging threats such as terrorism and violent extremism are not unique to Kenya, but are global challenges that have also had devastating effects on the United States and its strategic allies and partnerships,” the DCI said.
During the flagging-off ceremony, the DCI Director Mohamed Amin appreciated the collaboration which he credited for the overall reduction of terror-related cases in the country.
“I am glad to note that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations has jointly with the U.S government developed and benefited from similar programs before, that have exposed our detectives to contemporary crime detection, prevention, and interdiction techniques, leading to an overall reduction of crime, especially in reported cases of terror,” Amin stated.
In one such high-profile collaboration, the U.S. Department of State and the Federal Bureau of Investigations partnered in creating the first Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) outside of the United States.
“Under this prestigious programme, 42 detectives drawn from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit underwent a 12-week intensive counterterrorism training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and we cannot thank the U.S. government enough for this gesture,” he added.
The creation of the JTTF got underway after the terrorist attack by al-Shabaab on the DusitD2 Hotel, when it became clear that the nation needed a multi-agency counterterrorism investigation team.
The DCI thanked the US government and its strategic allies for their cooperation in recent years and invited other allies to cooperate with the agency to further strengthen its capabilities.