1st All-Female Commandos Squad Unveiled by Matiang'i [PHOTOS]

  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, on Friday, presided over a graduation event where an elite all-female Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was unveiled. 

    The commandos squad is the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and will be tasked with handling organised crime in Kenya.

    The all-female unit comprises of 48 officers from the Administration Police Service who have undergone a thorough five-month of physical and combat drilling.

    Speaking while presiding over the pass-out ceremony in Ngong, Matiang'i conveyed that the officers were trained in thwarting terror threats and enhancing general security of the country.

    "This is a momentous day for our country because we can now rest assured that we have more officers who can undertake intricate security operations that require specialized approaches. 

    “What we have witnessed today gives us confidence as the government that we have the capacity to protect our people and secure our country,” he was quoted by Capital News.

    He further assured of government's support in their work by improving their welfare and more training.

    Echoing the sentiments, Inspector General of the National Police Service Hillary Mutyambai, noted that there was an improved collaboration with other stakeholders

    In the first phase of their training, the female squad covered the application of Israeli Krav Maga, multiple weapons handling techniques as well as explosives and IEDs management.

    The officers will proceed with their 15 month-long programme standardised training.