Inside Combative Tactics DCI Use to Silence Nairobi Gangs

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    ATPU officer arrested a terror suspect at Likoni Channel, Mombasa on Monday, August 23, 2021
  • Detectives have embraced combative skills and tactics to silence gangs terrorising Kenyans in various parts of the city.

    In the recent operation, sleuths drawn from the office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) slowed down on gunning down suspects and resolved to apprehend them.

    According to security experts, making arrests is a tactical move which helps detectives gather more intelligent information from suspects and thus launch other operations targeting gang members.

    Members of Kenyas Anti-Terror Police Unit pictured during a drill.
    A photo of a Kenyan police officer conducting a drill at a past training.

    Tactics Used by DCI

    From a series of DCI reports analysed by, detectives have opted to employ combative tactics to neutralise threats instigated by criminal gangs.

    Among the new tactics include engaging suspects in strategic high, paced chases before arresting them. This tactic was used by sleuths to apprehend four suspects linked to the murder of Keagan Githua at Ridgeways estate in Kiambu County.

    Cops also lay traps and go undercover to end criminal activities in the country. DCI laid a dragnet which saw a boda boda rider who ferried the main suspect in the murder of Githua apprehended in the Kasarani area.

    Furthermore, detectives act on tip-offs from members of the public to arrest some of the criminals terrorising Nairobi residents.  Through information shared on their number 0800 722 203, DCI captured several wanted suspects in the country.

    "Equally, we thank members of the public who have volunteered information that has been crucial in the investigation of this case and urge for continued collaboration since our safety and security is a collective responsibility," DCI stated following the arrest of the main suspect linked to Keagan's murder.

    Instead of gunning down suspects, senior cops and detectives have neutralised attackers using martial arts.

    Additionally, tracking mobile phones helped detectives arrest several suspects in the city.  The recent case involves the arrest of a suspect linked to the murder of his girlfriend in the Lang'ata estate in Nairobi. 

    The suspect was trailed and captured, planning to flee the country near the Busia border.

    Moreover, the strategic placement of cops helped DCI officers arrest the owner of the building which collapsed in Ruaka. The owner was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), planning to flee the country to the US.

    Despite the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome allowing cops to gun down suspects where the lives of Kenyans are at risk, the new tactics have reduced crime incidences.

    A police officer carrying out a security operation
    A police officer carrying out a security operation
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