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Well Read: Police Officers In Kenya With PhDs

In the past, police officers were thought to be dimwits. However, the past few years have bastardised this notion. 

WoK has compiled a list of officers who are not just well educated but went as far as earning PhDs in different fields. 

Dr. Resila Onyango 

Dr. Resila’s love for the police force began when she was a young girl growing up in Ugenya. She would see police officers and often admire their stern demeanor and uniforms. She attended Ogeya Primary School and emerged the second best student.

Thereafter, she joined Lwak Girls Secondary School before proceeding to do a Bachelor of Education degree in Moi University. She then got a chance to train as a police officer at Kiganjo and later strove to continue the pursuit for education. 

Later, she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, she grabbed the headlines by becoming the first female officer to graduate with a doctorate degree. She has a PhD in criminal justice from the Graduate Center/ John Jay College of Criminal Justice – The City University of New York (CUNY).

Musa Ambuchi 

Having joined the police force in 1992, he has worked in different units including the General Service Unit. He continued with his education after a well wisher chose to pay for his studies. Beginning with a Bachelors degree, he went on to earn a PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Chief Inspector Mburu Maina

In 2021, he graduated with PhD in Human Resource Management from Kenyatta University. A licensed Human Resource Practitioner by the Institute of Human Resource Management, he holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Moi University and a Master in Human Resource Management from Kenyatta University. 

Dr. Simon Mwangi Wanderi

In December 2021, the National Police Service released a statement congratulating him for graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (International Relations and Diplomacy) from Kenyatta University.

Dr. Wanderi is reported to have been a long serving Director of Personnel at DCI headquarters and also became head of DCI Railways. He then became director of planning at DCI and was also among those on the line up to take the position of former DCI boss, George Kinoti.

Dr. Mc’Opiyo Silas Oloo

Dr. Silas earned a PhD in Management Science (Public Management and Administration) from Kampala International University. He also has a 

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the University of Sunderland, UK
  • Level 7 BTEC Advanced Professional Diploma in Management Studies from University of Sunderland, UK
  • Higher Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Kenya Polytechnic/ Technical University of Kenya
  • Advanced Diploma in Planning and Management of Development Projects from Catholic University of Eastern Africa 
  • Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Kenya Polytechnic/Technical University of Kenya 
  • Advanced Certificate in Instructor Training from Kenya Technical Teachers College 
  • Certificate in Instructor Training from Kenya Technical Teachers College

After close to four decades of working with the police force and rising from a constable to the assistant inspector general of police, he honorably retired from the force in 2019.

He currently serves as the National Police Service Commission as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in-charge of Human Capital Management Technical Services.