The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has on Tuesday, June 22, received over 18 motorbikes worth Sh14.5 million from the Federal Republic of Germany.
The bikes were officially handed over by the German Ambassador to Kenya Annett Gunther at the DCI Headquarters in Kiambu via the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) programmes.
The German donations included 1250CC BMW bikes, while the rest were Kibo-150 bikes.
The DCI boss, George Kinoti, will issue the motorbikes to specialized units of the agency.
The 18 bikes gifted to the DCI and the Anti-Terror Police Unit will help boost the war against terrorism as officers will have quick access to crime scenes and respond to crime and terror attacks.
The Ambassador also expressed Germany’s support to DCI with equipment and materials to fight cybercrime and enhance its crime scene investigations.
Amb. Gunther further said that the collaboration was a result of the growing cross-border crime.
According to her, the partnership will also see the facilitation of the training of officers in intelligence.
DCI Kinoti acknowledged the support from the German Embassy and the cooperation between investigative entities in the two countries.
He noted that the donations would greatly improve the agency’s response to crime.
“We can now respond in the most efficient manner according to the global standards to any security incident within Nairobi,” Kinoti said.
He added that the bikes would be deployed in the country’s terror hotspots in the Northern and Coastal regions.
Early this year, it also donated forensic kits worth Sh27 million for the Forensic Laboratory located at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.
In December last year, the Federal Republic of Germany donated crime scene kits, motorcycles and several vehicles to the ATPU unit.