Kenya's Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Mohammed Amin on Thursday hosted a delegation from the U.S. led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tobin Bradley.
Mr. Bradley, in charge of International Narcotics and Law, hailed DCI for leading the fight against terrorism, violent extremism, and transnational organized crimes in the region.
The high-ranking U.S. official recognized the joint areas of collaboration Kenya has had with the U.S. over the years, adding that the partnership had borne the desired results within our borders and across the region.
While acknowledging that rapid globalization due to technological advancement had always put criminals ahead of investigative agencies, the Assistant Secretary of State pledged more support to DCI, especially in Financial Intelligence, to enhance the skills of detectives in detecting financial transactions that may involve tax evasion, money laundering, financing of criminal and terrorist organizations among other crimes that are gaining currency globally.
On his part, the DCI Chief thanked Mr. Bradley for his visit and the United States government for the immense support it had extended to the Directorate over the years, especially in training, provision of specialized equipment, and logistical support, among others.
"Specifically, Mr Amin acknowledged the support accorded to the DCI-Anti Terrorism Police Unit, Anti Narcotics Unit, the Child Protection Unit, Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau and the Cyber Forensic Units where more than 150 officers had received specialized training locally and in the United States in diverse forensic fields," said the DCI in a statement.
The DCI Chief also led his guest on a tour of the recently launched DCI National Forensic Laboratory. He visited various forensic units, including Biology, Chemistry, and Fingerprint.
The Assistant Secretary of State's visit comes soon after another high-profile visit by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Assistant Director Raymond P. Duda early last month, who also pledged closer ties between the Directorate and the FBI in the future.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.