Flying Squad Kenya now Sting Squad Headquarters (SSH)
- The unit named Sting Squad Headquarters (SSH) will be based in Nairobi.
- The unit will comprise highly skilled officers tasked with conducting surveillance both in uniform and in civilian clothes.
- Flying Squad, an elite quick response unit, was formed in 1992 to combat crime within Nairobi area and its environs.
The unit was established in July 1992 as an elite quick response force to combat violent related crimes within Nairobi Area and its environs. It was then referred to as Anti-motor Vehicle Theft Unit with great emphasis on motor vehicle theft.
The Unit is based at Nairobi Area Police County Headquarters and is under direct command of CCIO Nairobi County who is responsible for administration, logistic and coordination purposes.
The following are some of the core functions of the unit
- All cases of motor vehicle theft
- Robbery with violence cases.
- Organized criminal gangs
- Emerging crimes e.g. terrorism, kidnapping
- Cases of special or public interest.
- Proactive prevention, investigation and detection of bank robberies, carjackings, thefts of motor vehicles, kidnappings and any other emerging serious crimes.
- Forensic processing of stolen motor vehicles verification and processing on behalf of the N.T.S.A all application relating to change of colour, replacement of logbook, number plates and any amendments to the logbook due to change of engine numbers.
- To do any other duty as directed by the director of criminal investigations
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has disbanded the Flying Squa and replaced it with a specialised quick response unit.
The new unit named Sting Squad Headquarters (SSH) will be based in Nairobi and operate in areas that often experience armed crimes.
It will comprise highly skilled uniformed and uninformed officers tasked with conducting surveillance.
It will handle armed robberies, abductions, vehicle theft and sale and distribution of contraband and substandard goods.
Calls for applications to join the squad, which will have up of 50 members, have been sent to regional DCI heads and the Directorate of Anti-Terror Police Unit.
Successful candidates will be sponsored to undertake specialised courses locally and abroad.
The Flying Squad, an elite quick response unit, was formed in 1992 to combat crime in Nairobi and its environs.
It initially focused on preventing vehicle theft and later started combating robberies and organised criminal gangs around the country.
The DCI has also scaled down the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) and renamed it the Special Service Unit (SSU), which will be domiciled at the DCI headquarters in Nairobi.
Both the SSU and SSH will perform intelligence-driven operations alongside other specialised units including cybercrime, ballistics and scene of crime.
“They will both be on standby 24/7 as needed in critical crime emergencies [across] the country,” said the DCI.