, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 13 – Kenya Institute of Security and Criminal Justice (KICJ) has said that it is willing to partner with the National Police Service to carry out development courses especially in forensic.
According to the Executive Director Joseph Ndung’u, all citizens should have basic understanding on security and the courses will come in handy in inculcating the concept of Nyumba Kumi initiative and community policing in the society.
“We as KICJ are willing even to partner with the National Police Service in such training courses,” he said.
This comes at the back of lack of an existing basic forensic laboratory which has overtime hindered expeditious probes particularly homicide investigations. This has on several occasions meant that samples be flown out of the country for analysis.
Construction of a modern Forensic Laboratory at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters has however already started.
Should the partnership come to fruition, some of the professional development courses to be offered will include fraud detection and investigation, fingerprints and biometric technology, basic investigations skills, criminology, forensic science, counter terrorism, close protection, cyber crime investigations and anti-money laundering among others.
“The curriculum in tertiary levels must also be inclined in offering solutions to current and future challenges. We will progressively carry out enrolment.” Ndung’u added.
Similar willingness to develop forensic analysis was expressed last year by the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro where he said that the National Police Service was willing to collaborate with institutions in capacity building of officers particularly those in forensics.
Speaking at last year’s KICJ graduation which he was presiding over, Muhoro said; “The Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the entire National Police Service (NPS) remain open and welcome to any possible collaboration with the KICJ in the field of training. We do recognize the central role played by forensics in modern investigations: this is one area, which we could focus on with a view to identifying possibilities of working together.”
Additionally, NPS started an inaugural Leadership Development Course at the Kenya Police Staff College- Loresho that involved training of police officers in top and lower cadres. This was a product of both local and international partnerships between Kenyatta University, the College of Policing (COP) in Bramshill, UK and the National Police Service.