DCI boss George Kinoti breathes life into DCI with key milestones, from cracking down on graft, fighting terrorists and organised crime, Kinoti has proven his mettle at the helm of DCI.
Kinoti feted by the FBI
For his vision and zeal to drive killer gangs and graft lords out of business, Kinoti was in March 2020 invited by the US government to attend training at FBI’s National Executive Institute (NEI) in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
He was the only one picked from Africa and Asia to attend the training at the FBI Academy.
The training programme on leadership and modern investigations techniques brought together select heads of investigation bureaus across the world.
DCI’s global recognition for war on terror
With the help of the American government, the DCI formed the Joint Terrorism Task force – Kenya (JTTF-K) in February 2019.
This is a multi-agency counter-terrorism investigative unit leading Kenya’s fight against domestic and crossborder terrorism.
Those recruited to join the JTTF-K were carefully vetted before being flown to America for a high level intensive training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The Kenyan-led taskforce is the first of its kind outside America.
New elite units to fight organised crime
To improve the image of the DCI, Kinoti disbanded the Flying Squad unit. In the changes, Kinoti scaled down the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) to a smaller unit and renamed it the Special Service Unit (SSU).
The SSU is linked to the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB), which handles intelligence operations.
The two units – SSU and CRIB – are the brainchild of Kinoti.
War on terror
Terrorists have managed to launch only one major terror attack since Kinoti took charge at the DCI – and none of the five killers escaped from the scene alive.
After terrorists stormed Dusit Complex in Nairobi on January 15, 2019, Kinoti formed DCI’s ATPU Emergency Response Team (ERT) .
The team has been carrying out a series of training in preparedness to counter terrorism incidents and boost Kenya’s security. Kinoti has also boosted ATPU’s capacity in combat, hostage evacuation and planning.