Eight detectives based at DCI’s Public Affairs unit have graduated with certificates in advanced media production at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), Nairobi.
The ceremony presided over by the Director of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, was a culmination of an intensive media training programme tailored to fit the needs of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
The course offered at the country’s premier media training institution was also aimed at exposing the detectives to the latest media technologic trends and align them within the contemporary communication demands of time.
Kinoti said that communication was at the core of the mandate of any serious investigative jurisdiction, adding that it is the greatest tool that had for a long time been lacking in the country’s crime management.
“This is the first time that the National Police Service and DCI, in particular, has offered professional training to police journalists and it exemplifies the importance that DCI attaches to effective communication, to bridge the gap that has for a long time existed between us and the public,” Kinoti said.
Being the brainchild behind the formation of the unit in the Directorate, the DCI chief who before his current appointment was the National Police Service Spokesperson added that, like any other science such as Architecture, Medicine and Engineering, Communication is a crucial discipline in the increasingly globalised world that we live in today. As such, it is a crucial tool that the DCI is exploiting today, to pass our message to victims of crime and criminals as well.
On his part, the institution’s director Hiram Mucheke lauded the Directorate for appreciating the need to train communication practitioners within its ranks. He noted that from his many years of experience as a journalist, police and the media have not been known to enjoy cordial relations. He, therefore, welcomed the move to train more police journalists and commended the DCI Director, for giving the Directorate of Criminal Investigations a human face.
Mucheke challenged the officers to practice the skills that they had acquired, in assisting the Directorate to improve the public safety and security services it offers to Kenyans.
Also present during the graduation ceremony was the institution’s deputy director Peter Wakoli, the Academic registrar Godfrey Kareithi, DCI’s in charge of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Inspector Mike Mugo, the course facilitators among other senior staff and management of KIMC.