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The C.I.D. Training School, located in Nairobi South ‘C’, was opened on 6th May 1957. Initially it was situated at the now, Signals Training School, before shifting to the current site in 1977. The school started with one advanced investigation course for Inspectors and Two general investigation courses for the rank and file (other ranks).

The importance of this school was soon realized as those who had attended courses had greatly benefited. More investigation courses including prosecutions were then introduced. Its need and usefulness made it function as an East African school providing courses to the following countries:-

1. Tanganyika (Tanzania)
2. Uganda
3. Zanzibar
4. Aden
5. Somalia and
6. Kenya

All the teaching staff were non-Africans when the school started.

After the attainment of Independence, the school continued to cater for these other countries. Meanwhile, our Force was also expanding and our training needs were increasing. The training of police officers from these other countries was finally discontinued in 1971, and the school has been used exclusively thereafter for training police officers from Kenya.

The CID Training School is still among the few training facilities on investigations and prosecutions in East Africa. Its uniqueness has attracted other civilian organizations within the country. There were and still are Local Authorities, Parastatals and Government Departments which have investigation and prosecution responsibilities under their Acts of Parliament and/or bye Laws. The demand became so high that the school had to re-organize itself to cater for these organizations, as there has been no other school within the country which offers investigation and prosecution courses. The courses for these organizations were initially conducted at the school, But later, the trend changed and they are now being trained at outside “Venues” while the C.I.D. school only provides the resource persons (Instructors).

Past courses at the Training School for other organizations

The school has so far conducted courses, for the following organizations geared towards basic investigations and the art of prosecutions.

1. Betting Control Department
2. City council of Nairobi.
3. Drug Inspectorate (MOH).
4. Health Inspectors (MOH).
5. Directorate of Industrial Training.
6. Catering Levy and Trustees.
7. Dairy board of Kenya.
8. Department of Defence (DOD)
9. Inland Revenue.
10. Kenya Bureau of Standards.
11. Kenya Ports Authority.
12. Kenya Post Bank.
13. Kenya Posts & Telecommunications.
14. Machakos Municipality.
15. Mombasa Municipality.
16. Eldoret Municipality.
17. Ministry of Labour.
18. National Hospital Insurance Fund.
19. Customs Department.
20. National Social Security Fund.
21. National Registration Bureau.
22. Price control.
23. Tourism Department.
24. Hotels Security Managers.
25. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
26. Fisheries Department.
27. Water Department (NCC)
28. Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)

Courses Conducted at the School

The school was started with the following objectives:-

(i) To train the General Duties and C.I.D. personnel on efficient investigation and prosecution aspects of police work.

(ii) To improve the general Standard in crime Investigation and prosecution in the police force;

(iii) To train officers of other Government Departments/Parastatals or Institutions on the investigation and prosecution aspects of their duties.

However, the C.I.D. Training School is currently reviewing the training curriculum for all the scheduled courses; Training Needs Assessment has already been carried out. The course Names and Contents, will therefore, be adjusted when the reviewing exercise is complete.

Accommodation and Catering.

The school was first established as a non-residential school with the students putting up in hotels within Nairobi. In 1977, it moved to its present site as a residential institution with 84 non self contained rooms with a capacity of 168 beds, two per room. All meals are provided by the school, and the catering facilities are shared with the neighbouring Signals Training School.


Currently, the school has a teaching staff of fifteen (15) instructors. This means that we can run three courses at a time. However, there is need for additional staff, so that more courses can be conducted at a time.

The school has a total of 58 civilian staff who are deployed in office work, catering, house keeping, library and general cleaning.

Past Commandants of the school

The school has changed command 29 times in 44 years. This is an average duration of 1 year 8 months. During this period, 7 of the commandants have served 2 terms while 1 served 3 and 1 served 4. The longest service was 9 years, while the shortest was 2 months.

JOHN BELL SSP 6-5-1957 4-1966
F.T. STEEL AG.SSP 4-1966 9-1966
J.M. MUTUA SSP 9-1966 14-8-1967
W.T. BELL SSP 15-8-1967 2-3-1968
J.K. MUTUA SSP 3-3-1968 14-8-1968
M.S. KHAN A.S.P 15-8-1968 17-10-1968
N.A. KIBIRA SSP 18-10-1968 29-8-1969
M.S. KHAN A.SP. 30-8-1969 6-12-1969
F. OKOMBA SSP 7-12-1969 15-12-1972
J.S. SOKHI SSP 16-12-1972 8-9-1973
C.J. OKOKO SSP 9-9-1973 26-3-1975
F. OKOMBA A.C.P 27-3-75 15-7-1976
C.J. OKOKO A.C.P 16-7-1976 31-7-1979
C.A. LUYUNDI A.C.P 1-8-1979 30-9-1982
G.H. NG’ANG’IRA A.C.P 1-10-1982 31-1-1983
J.S. SOKHI ACP 1-2-1983 8-8-1983
J.O. ODEDE ACP 9-8-1983 18-11-1983
C.J. OKOKO S/ACP 19-11-1983 21-6-1987
J.O. ODEDE ACP 22-6-1987 12-1-1988
E.M. MUCHOKI S/ACP 13-1-1988 1-11-1989
M.A. OWUOR AG.ACP 2-11-1989 22-1-1990
P.J. KIMUNDI S/ACP 23-1-1990 7-1-1992
C.J. OKOKO DCP 8-1-1992 28-2-1992
J. MUCHUNKU S/ACP 29-2-1992 21-4-1993
J.S. MBURU S/ACP 21-4-1993 7-7-1994
H.N. GITHUNGO S/ACP 7-7-1994 5-5-1995
P.M. MBUVI S/ACP 5-5-1995 17-12-1999
P.J. KIMUNDI S/ACP 17-12-1996 12-2-1996
J. MUTONYI ACP 12-2-199 6-1-2000
G. M. MUTUA S/ACP 6-1-2000 TO DATE

9. Future challenges and way forward

As we start the 21st century, we are serving a more enlightened society. This calls for officers who are highly knowledgeable in investigative skills, so as to deal with the modern sophisticated crime trends/patterns.

As a school, we now have additional facilities in terms of classroom space. We have taken over the former Special Branch Wing offices as well as classrooms. This gives us room for more courses.

We are currently reviewing our curriculum so that we may teach on topics which are relevant to policing in the current situations. With a reviewed curriculum and additional teaching staff, additional teaching aids, we should be in a position to deliver quality service in terms of imparting knowledge to all those who will attend courses at the school.

We are also in the process of putting up a computer class. This will introduce all officers both uniformed and civilians to the modern information technology world of today. In addition, we intend to put in place a well-equipped library, where materials for academic excellence and research can be availed for use – by both students and officers, who need to further their education in police work related areas.

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