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)
5. Somalia and
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
(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
(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
The school has a total of 58 civilian
staff who are deployed in office work, catering, house
keeping, library and general cleaning.
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.
| J.M. MUTUA
| M.S. KHAN
| M.S. KHAN
| F. OKOMBA
| C.J. OKOKO
| C.A. LUYUNDI
| G.H. NG’ANG’IRA
| J.S. SOKHI
| J.O. ODEDE
| E.M. MUCHOKI
| M.A. OWUOR
|G. M. MUTUA
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
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