Explainer: What exactly is the role of the DCI

National Police Service Commission is likely to announce the new Director of Criminal Investigations on Friday, October 14.

Currently, vetting is ongoing for the 10 shortlisted candidates for the job.

While the 11th DCI was under fire over what some termed as his ‘meddling in politics’, the role of the investigative body head is entrenched in the constitution under Article 247 of the Constitution of Kenya and the National Police service Act, 2011.

The Act established the National Police Service which includes the Kenya Police Service, Administrative Police Service, and Directorate Criminal Investigation.

DCI is tasked with among other things, collecting and providing criminal intelligence, and undertaking Investigations on serious crimes including homicide, narcotics crimes, human trafficking, money laundering, terrorism, economic crimes, piracy, organized crimes, and cybercrime among others.

The investigative body not only maintains law and order but is tasked with detecting and preventing crimes, maintaining criminal records, and conducting forensic analysis.

The DCI is responsible for the effective and efficient administration and operations of the Directorate, providing strategic guidance and direction, being responsible for the preparation of the budget and planning, co-ordinate training, research, and development, providing internal oversight and improving transparency and accountability in the Directorate.

He or she is also responsible for creating cooperation and engagement in joint security operations with the Deputy Inspectors-General of both the Kenya Police Service and the Administration Police Service, other Government departments, and security organs, where necessary, when relevant, to ensure the safety and security of the public.

The main units under DCI include Anti-Terror Police Unit, Anti-Narcotics Unit, Interpol regional bureau, DCI Academy, Bomb Disposal Unit, and Banking Fraud among others.

In his exit statement, former DCI George Kinoti lauded his transformational leadership at the helm of the country’s criminal investigative arm.

Kinoti outlined the invitation of officers from the criminal investigations to train colleagues in Rwanda and his election to the executive of the International Police (Interpol)- Africa as part of key achievements.

“Undoubtedly, the efforts put in place by my administration in giving the Directorate a human face and professionalising it to a world-class investigative body have borne the desired results,” he said in his farewell message.

He added that since the inception of a joint terrorism taskforce under his administration, following the DusitD2 attack,  terrorism-related cases have decreased.

“Today, DCI boasts of one of the best counterterrorism tactical units in the region and across all the security services of our country,” he said.

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