Kenya has launched Africa’s first special police unit in to fight child abuse and sexual exploitation of children has been launched by the Kenya.
The unit is expected to detect main threats and protect children that are at risk. The units officers come from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and will be working closely with the UK, specialist doctors and civil society experts such as the international Justice Mission.
The special police unit have been trained to interrogate witnesses and victims, collections and preservation of evidence and law. The training was conducted by the UK’s National Crime Agency.
British High Commissioner Nic Hailey said that the UK had been supporting programmes aimed at protecting children from abuse.
“Our responsibility to protect children from abuse does not stop at the borders of the United Kingdom. I applaud the pivotal role of the NCA in working with Kenyan and other law enforcement agencies to safeguard children and prosecute offenders, wherever they are located,” he said.
Ndegwa Muhoro, DCI director said that the unit was the first of its kind in Africa and that the officers have also been trained to detect and identity abused children.
The unit is already operating in full and about 176 children have been already been saved from harmful situations. Currently the unit is pursuing 15 cases against child sex offenders.