The Directorate Of Criminal Investigations

The promulgation of the constitution in 2010 set stage for the establishment of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. This was actualised in the enactment of the National Police Service Act.

Part 5, Section 28 and 35 of the National Police Service Act outlines the functions of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Kenya as provided for under Article 247 of the constitution.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is part of the larger National Police Service; the other organs being the Administration Police Service and Kenya Police Service.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is under the direction, command and control of the Inspector-General of Police.

The head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is the Director of Criminal Investigations.

Functions of Directorate Of Criminal Investigations

The functions of the Directorate Of Criminal Investigations in Kenya should be to—

  • collect and provide criminal intelligence;
  • undertake investigations on serious crimes including homicide, narcotic crimes, human trafficking, money laundering, terrorism, economic crimes, piracy, organized crime, and cybercrime among others;
  • maintain law and order;
  • detect and prevent crime;
  • apprehend offenders;
  • maintain criminal records;
  • conduct forensic analysis;
  • execute the directions given to the Inspector-General by the Director of Public Prosecutions pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the Constitution;
  • co-ordinate country Interpol Affairs;
  • investigate any matter that may be referred to it by the Independent Police Oversight Authority; and
  • perform any other function conferred on it by any other written law.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigation’s website is at cid.go.ke.

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