Requirements to Join CID in Kenya (Joining DCI in Kenya)

Out of passion, you are probably yearning to join the Criminal Investigation Department in Kenya as a CID officer (DCI officer).

Just so you know, working for the DCI Kenya department pays significantly well -the average salary can exceed Ksh 150,000/month so it’s worth it.

Now, if you are a serving police officer and you have been dreaming of joining DCI in Kenya, you need to know how to join CID in Kenya.

Now, below is how to become CID in Kenya and requirements to Join CID in Kenya.

General Requirements to Join CID in Kenya (General Requirements to Join DCI in Kenya)

To be recruited as a CID/DCI officer in Kenya (for those already working in the National Police Service), you must fulfill all of the following;

  • Hold a minimum KCSE mean grade of C Plain – you must also have C (plain) in English AND/OR Kiswahili. Equivalent grades from any other examination accredited in Kenya may be considered.


  • Hold a Degree/Diploma in any of these fields: Pure Sciences, social sciences, and Applied Sciences. Please note that you must have met the minimum KCSE grade requirements set above.
  • Must have worked in police service for at least five (5) years
  • Must be fifty-five (55) years old (or below) for Gazetted police officers and the members of Inspectorate.
  • Must be forty-five (45) years old (or below) for applicants of Other Ranks.
  • Those with tried, tested, & proven passion for conducting investigations and operations may be considered (as long as you have passed all police exams and you have no disciplinary case).

Specific Skills Required to Join DCI in Kenya

  1. Demonstrated professional integrity, maturity, and ability to pay attention to detail.
  2. Proven ability to always maintain objectivity on the job. You must also prove that you can apply logical reasoning and plan tactically (and strategically).
  3. You must have the ability to work under pressure persistently and meet tight deadlines.
  4. Strong communication skills- oral and written- and with good listening skills.
  5. Experience in doing your work with computers including knowing how to use presentation software, business intelligence software, word processing software, and the internet.
  6. Ability to independently analyze complicated scenarios or massive volumes of material and prepare professional reports.
  7. Ability to work within a multi faceted crime investigative team with minimum supervision.
  8. You must be good in problem solving, be proactive, innovative, and results-oriented.
  9. You must have the ability to develop as well as maintain professional networks.


CID Kenya Recruitment

To begin with, the recruitment is usually announced via the media (including in national newspapers and online platforms) so keep an eye on national media for the advert.

Once announced, you are typically required to download DCI recruitment data capture form from

The form should be filled appropriately and emailed (together with your CV) to the email address indicated on the advert.

This must be done before the set deadline.

Interviews are usually held on specified dates and those successful invited to start training within a few weeks.

Here are some of the criminal investigations related units/courses you will cover during the training (the main venue is the Kenya police CID training school):

  • Conducting basic investigations
  • Prosecuting cases
  • Radio procedure
  • Managing a crime scene
  • Health, safety, & welfare
  • Management/Leadership
  • Managing evidence
  • Gathering intelligence
  • Surveillance
  • Emergency life support
  • Use of force
  • Communication
  • Forensics/Criminalistics
  • Entering premises
  • Human rights
  • Stop and search

The Role of CID Officers in Kenya (Role of DCI officers in Kenya)

DCI (formerly CID) is the investigative arm of the national police service Kenya.

Below are some of the duties DIC officers are mandated to undertake in Kenya:

  • Investigating major complicated cases such as murder, riots, rape, fraud, serious assault, etc.
  • Gathering facts and evidence for various crimes committed by suspects
  • Preparing detailed reports during the investigation process for further action
  • Showing up during autopsies
  • Sharing the information collected with other government organs to assist in delivering justice

About CID training school Kenya

The CID training school Kenya is located in South C, right next to the Kenya police pavilion, Nairobi.

The CID training school Kenya contacts are as follows;

Postal Address:

Directorate of Criminal Investigations,
P.O. Box, 30036 – 00100 Nairobi,
Mazingira Hse, Kiambu Road, 
Opp. Forestry Department Headquarters, Karura.

Telephone number: +254 020 334 331/2 OR +254 207 202 000

Toll Free number: 0800 722 203


Requirements to Join CID in Kenya – Conclusion

So, those are the requirements to join CID in Kenya for those already in the national police service.

Bear in mind that DCI officers are not recruited directly at the moment and you have to first apply to join the national police service (and serve there for a few years) to be considered.

Good luck.


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9 thoughts on “Requirements to Join CID in Kenya (Joining DCI in Kenya)”

  1. Am a student at Egerton ….pursuing a course in criminology n security studies…am aiming at joining the police service and later the DCI departments

  2. I have been dreaming to join CID department since i was a child .can be given a chance to join and yet am not a police officer help

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