A screenshot of the video.

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Deployment of GSU graduates in viral video halted 

What you need to know:

  • The group was part of the 2,502 constables who graduated at the National Police Training College.
  • Experienced police officers told the Nation they were shocked to see the video clip

An investigation into the conduct of General Service Unit (GSU) officers caught on video taunting the public after their Wednesday pass out will involve establishing their reasons for joining the National Police Service (NPS), Nation has leant.

The officers have been retained within the police campus in Embakasi - as the rest are deployed to their stations - to help with investigations into the contents of the viral clip.

Police Spokesperson Mr Bruno Shioso yesterday said the probe will also seek to establish the exact number of officers that were involved in the production of the clip before disciplinary action is taken in line with the NPS’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“Of course we understand these are young officers who are full of excitement for their 1st day of service. It was a big day also in terms of the chief guest present but there must be a review of what happened. We can’t make assumptions,” said Mr Shioso, adding, “we are also seeking to establish their motivation to join the service because they must fit the requirements of a modern day service.”

The group was part of the 2,502 constables who graduated into GSU officers at the National Police Training College in Embakasi B Campus after rigorous training at the Magadi Training Camp in Kajiado County.

The constables recorded a clip uttering remarks that bordered on defiance in sheng, a colloquial language that is much-loved by the youth.

“Your unit in particular and your reputation for bravery, excellence and unfailing commitment to duty is also unrivalled which also I believe is a sign of the discipline and excellent training that is at the heart of GSU training. I call upon you graduates today to ensure that the GSU flame of excellence continues to burn,” President Uhuru Kenyatta told the graduates.

Shocking video

What followed thereafter was the staging the video clip. 

Experienced GSU officers who spoke to the Nation said they were shocked to see it.

“Such are seen in other units but not GSU. What they did was very shameful,” the officer said.

“I personally took a while to understand why they had done it. This is our premium and most tactical unit that we rely on because of its discipline. More is expected especially on the unit’s officers, they should be beyond reproach,” Mr Shioso said.

The GSU is one of the most feared and revered units of the NPS. Its officers join elite teams such as the Presidential Escort and Recce Squad.

Others are often deployed to manage riots and provide security to selected foreign airlines.