Kenya Adminstration Police Service, Kenya
Ruth Kithuka is a Superintendent of Police currently based at Rapid Deployment Unit as the Officer Commanding Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. This is an all-female commando team trained on urban and jungle warfare; their skills include Close Quarter Battles, VIP Protection, Operational intelligence, among others. The team deploys mostly in Nairobi, and are called to duty in major urban cities during special national events. Their patrols are based on intelligence and mainly focus on countering terrorism activities in Kenya.
Ruth has been a police officer for 20 years and her tour of duty has seen her serve in various parts of Kenya as a beats and patrol officer and has risen to become a Sub-County Commander (in-charge of 250-300 officers) before her training and deployment as the officer commanding All female SWAT team in 2019.
Ruth is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Security Management and police studies and is a graduate of Sociology. She is also undertaken various trainings which sort to hone her skills in Surveillance, Human Rights and Gender based violence all sponsored by the United States Embassy in Nairobi through the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program.
As the OC SWAT, Ruth manages her team and coordinates their deployments well in order to achieve their goals. She is also the liaison between the SWAT team and other stake holders who work hand in hand with them to help deliver a secure environment for all.
Ruth’s coordination and guidance to the team has continuously assisted it to achieve its focus of being more proactive than reactive. Their presence in the streets of our city brings about confidence and assurance to members of the public.
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