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Kenyan top officers trained on crime data by their Sweden counterparts

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A police officer dusts a glass of water for fingerprints, standing on his right is Kikuyu OCS Joshua Arende. The two-day forensic training is in partnership with Sweden in making sure the first police officer at the crime scene knows how best to collect evidence. The training included interviewing skills, collecting blood stains or fingerprints and how to secure a crime scene

Senior police officers from Sweden are in Kenya to train their counterparts on how to collect forensic evidence.

During the four-day-session, 32 local officers will also be taught how to interview witnesses and collect blood or fingerprints at a crime scene to make their evidence watertight.

The training is being conducted at the Wida Highway Motel in Kikuyu District.

According to Mr Nils Nilsson, a detective from Sweden, the initial investigations are important as they guide officers on who to arrest and the evidence to be tabled. “Investigations determine the direction of the case. If you start with failure, you will end with failure,” said Mr Nilsson.

‘Third eye’

He asked police officers to be keen while collecting evidence. “A police officer must have a third eye or ear to thoroughly pick out evidence,” said Mr Nilsson.-Nation

Kikuyu police boss Joshua Arende said most police officers lacked the basic skills of handling a crime scene, compromising the evidence collected.

Mr Arende said the training would be rolled out to other parts of the country depending on donor support from Sweden.

Police officers complained that the public tampered with vital evidence by visiting the scenes of crime.

“Always surround the crime scene with tape to keep off citizens,” advised Mr Charles Omoga, a detective from police headquarters in Nairobi.

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