Kenya’s National Police Service has launched a Forensics Lab that is expected to fast-track investigations into cyber-crimes, with the Kenya president noting the rising cases of crypto fraud.
Kenya continues to be a hotspot for cyber crimes, in particular blockchain/crypto related scams.
In the latest scam to be reported by Kenya’s Nation newspaper, Kenyans lost $8.5 million in a ponzi scheme dubbed Bitstream. In this scheme investors would be given a mentor, who would send signals to investors on when to trade and how to earn a profit, from daily investments.
Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, spoke at the launch event for the National Forensics Lab which is expected to enhance the security sector’s capacity to apply modern investigative techniques and cutting-edge science in law enforcement.
The forensic laboratory is a world-class facility comparable to any in the developed world and across other established investigative jurisdictions. It encompasses the physical structure equipped with ten specialized state-of-the-art laboratories, which include:
Forensic Fingerprint Identification
Forensic Document Examination
Forensic Imaging and Acoustics
Forensic Evidence Management
Forensic Crime Scene Investigations
Forensic Bomb and Hazardous Materials
While commissioning the facility, the President noted that this was long overdue and the lack of it had been a setback in realizing the full potential offered by technology and advanced science in unraveling crime.