Paramilitary & Special Forces in Kenya

PARAMILITARY AND SPECIAL FORCES POLICE IN KENYA


GENERAL SERVICE UNIT (GSU)
The General Service Unit is a paramilitary wing of the Kenya Police Service and is an operational force not intended for use on duties of a permanent static nature. It has around 9,000 highly trained Police officers and Special forces soldiers capable of being deployed in the event of war. The GSU deals with situations affecting internal security throughout Kenya and is also primarily a reserve force that deals with special operations and civil disorders.

General Service Unit officers drill


GENERAL SERVICE UNIT RECCE COMPANY
The GSU Recce Company is an elite unit within Kenya Police's General Service Unit. It has around 2,000 Special Forces soldiers who are highly trained in highly regarded military training facilities locally and abroad. Recce company officers are mostly called upon to reinforce security operations and are always on standby to be deployed in case of emergencies.

GSU Recce squad hostage rescue


ADMINISTRATION POLICE (AP)
The Administration Police Service is a 47,000 strong paramilitary police force belonging to the Government of Kenya. It's fully equipped to deal with any eventuality regarding law breaking or emergency and is also capable of being deployed in the event of war. The AP is also tasked with assisting Government officials in executing their duties.


Administration Police Officers


RAPID DEPLOYMENT UNIT (RDU)
The Rapid Deployment Unit also known as "Radi" in Swahili which means lightening is an emergency response unit within Kenya's Administration Police. The RDU which is an equivalent of the GSU Recce can be deployed within a short duration to any part of  the country to respond to any emergency or threat to law and order. RDU Officers are highly trained Commandos who even receive additional tactical training from the US Marines.

An Administration Police RDU Commando


KENYA POLICE ANTI-STOCK THEFT UNIT
In Kenya, cattle rustling is a serious threat to internal security and has been prevalent for very many years especially among Pastoralist communties. The Anti-Stock Theft Unit is a paramilitary wing of the Kenya Police Service that takes the war to cattle rustlers and curbs theft of cattle.

A police office from the Kenya Police Anti-Stock Theft Unit


KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE RANGERS
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is the State Corporation responsible for managing and conserving Kenya's wildlife. Its armed uniformed personnel the Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers are highly trained and battle-hardened paramilitary officers. KWS Rangers are deployed in various conservation areas in response to the wildlife security challenges and operate in very harsh conditions such as jungles and national parks.

KWS Rangers on patrol


KENYA'S ELITE INTER-AGENCY ANTI-POACHING UNIT
This is a special security unit formed by the government to reinforce the war on wildlife poachers in Kenya. It is under the command of the Kenya Wildlife Service and is made up of Commandos drawn from elite units of the Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers, Administration Police, and the General Service Unit.

The elite anti-poaching unit soldiers


KENYA FOREST SERVICE RANGERS
These are Paramilitary Forest Rangers from the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) which conserves, develops and manages forests in Kenya. KFS Rangers conduct security operations in forests through-out Kenya and protect them e.g from illegal logging. 

Kenya Forest Service Rangers 

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