Tom Lawrence, a friend of the Association, lives in Kenya and has been undertaking some local research projects. One subject of interest is the Nyeri cemetery and he has kindly passed on to us information he has gathered about Dick Owen and his grave.This has been posted to the Documents section of the archive. Owen, as most of you will know, was killed by a rhino in the Aberdare forest in 1955. If anyone can add further information, Tom would be pleased to receive it.
Another of his interests is past RAF activity in Kenya and some of his research has also been added to the archive.
The Association's 2017 annual curry lunch was held at Langley on 22nd October. Twenty-six members attended, with guests making the numbers up to a total of sixty-eight. Photographs were taken by Paul Kearney and they are available to view in the Photographs section of the Archive.
Eight new copies of HABARIs, covering the years 1981 to 1988, have been added to the archive. The originals were, of course, compiled and distributed by Mike Hudson and the copies have been supplied by the National Library of Australia.
Our Archivist, David Reeve, has obtained from the Australian National Archives, scanned copies of the International Newsletters produced and distributed by Mike Hudson in the years 1975 to 1980. These have been reproduced on-line and can be viewed at the following internet address. https://goo.gl/4cgJKR
Our assosciate member, David Reeve, has been appointed as the Association's archivist. David is the son of our former colleague, the late Bill Reeve, and has taken a keen interest in the history of the Kenya Police. He will be asking members to assist in his collection of material and it is hoped that he will receive an enthusiastic response. More details later but in the meantime his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Reproduced below is Sir Richard Catling’s foreword to W R Foran’s
“The Kenya Police 1887 – 1960”
You will see that Sir Richard expressed the hope that further volumes would
be added to the Force’s history. As far as I know this has not happened. Is it
FOREWORD by the Commissioner of Police R.
C. CATLING, C.M.G., O.B.E
This is an appropriate time
to produce the first volume of the history of the Kenya Police. For one reason,
because there are still officers available, either serving or retired, who have
been able to look back over the years-even to the very early
days-and so provide Major Foran with a good deal of material. For another,
because 1960 is a year of change and constitutional
advance in Africa which, although unlikely
to affect the organization and functions of the Kenya Police. will undoubtedly
bring with it changes in the composition of the Force, not the least of which
will be the gradual replacementof expatriate officers in
the senior ranks by local men. To that extent therefore the character of the
Police, constant for so many years, will undergo change. And it is right that
it should be so.
author takes his story up to the official end of the Emergency. Yet police
responsibilities have not decreased with the successful conclusion of the war
against militant Mau Mau; they have changed incharacter and in
some respects have increased in complexity. They call for the intelligent employment of
manpower and mechanicalaids to
policing and above all for courage and impartiality, quick and logical thinking
and a clear understanding of their role by all ranks.
glance backwards in time for a moment there is no doubt that thePolice have grown in stature; good has come
out of evil to the extent that the Force, although severely strained by the Mau
Mau rebeIlion, came out of the Emergency with improved living and working
conditions, equipment and, not least, benefited by an injection of new blood
in the form of the transfer to it of officers from other forces with new ideas
and concepts. Since 1954 emphasis has been on training and
consolidation, on producing policemen of quality with pride in themselves and
their Service and with an improved knowledge of their profession and purpose.
To look forward at what is ahead of us I see no reason for this emphasis to be
changed. There is no doubt that the progressive introduction of local men into
the higher ranks will present difficulties. We are unlikely to have all the
time we would like in which to do it; our facilities for training and for
giving practical experience to those considered to be in the field for
advancement to greater responsibilitymay not be as ideal as we would wish; we may make some
mistakes in our efforts to select the right men for advancement. Yet if we are
as determined as we must be in tackling this task the change should be effected
without much loss of efficiency or morale.
have referred to this book as the first volume of Kenya's
police history because I am hopeful that at appropriate times in the future
further volumes will be added. For despite political changes the Kenya Police
will remain and continue to develop. In the time that it has been my honour and
privilege to serve with the Force I have been impressed, not only by its
resilience, ingenuity and high purpose, but also by the increasing awareness of
all ranks of their true status in society. It is important for police and
population alike that there is clear recognition of the fact that policemen are
the public's own servants, as well as officers of the law, employed by the
public to do certain work for them and to relieve them of the duties which by
common law belong to every citizen. It is equally important that the policeman
should enjoy a status which will command the respect of the population. It is
my hope and belief that in the years which lie ahead this status will be
accepted and understood more clearly and definitely, to the mutual advantage of
It is with much sadness that I have to inform you all of the passing, yesterday, 9th April 2017, of my dear friend, Rajinder Singh Khehar,after a long illness. Rajinder was 88. All his family was with him at the time he passed away.
Rajinder joined Kenya Police in 1947 and was a contemporary of our Chairman, Paddy Kearney. He joined as a constable and rose to the rank of Superintendent of Police. Before retiring from the police he was one of the Divisional Commanders in Nairobi Area. All his service was in Nairobi. He was popular not only with his fellow officers but the community at large, especially the Asian community.
When I joined the police in 1955 I was posted to the Nairobi Area special branch. Rajinder, who was already with S.B., took me under his wing and showed me all that was to know about the "cloak & dagger" nature of the job. I shall be ever so grateful to him.
The academic and professional achievements of his children and grand children made him very proud - and why not!
On behalf of us all in the Kenya Police Association, Mohinder, my wife, and I send our heart-felt condolences to Rajinder's wife, Dharshan, and his children. May God bless the departed soul with eternal peace.