Kenya Police 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.

Kenya Police Archive

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



Kenya Police Archive

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
                                                 kpa-archive@outlook.com

Living History

Despite its success there are a few copies of the third volume of the Living History still available.
Contact John Newton at -- nbi.john@gmail.com

History of The Kenya Police


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 too late?

R Williamson 



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 replacement of 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.

The 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 in character and in some respects have increased in complexity. They call for the intelligent employment of manpower and mechan­ical aids to policing and above all for courage and impartiality, quick and logical thinking and a clear understanding of their role by all ranks.

To glance backwards in time for a moment there is no doubt that the Police 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 responsibility may 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.

I 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 both parties.
December, 1960












In Memoriam - Rajinder Singh Khehar


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.



Tarsem Singh Rumpal

Sec. Kenya Police Association.

Nairobi Traffic Squad - 1930

Somewhat overstaffed one would have thought!


CID HQ 1935

Recognise F C Brookes?


Photograph Archive

New photographs have been added to the Archive. They could be of particular interest to those who served at CID Headquarters.

Signals Training School

New Photograph sent in by Elizabeth Fielding


Graham Tudor

Graham Tudor retired as Hon. Secretary to The Kenya Police Association at our AGM in June 2016 after twenty years of hard work, administering the Association very efficiently.

Graham’s wife, Kerry, gave full backing and support to Graham during that period, helping with computer work and arrangements for our annual functions.

Unfortunately, Graham suffered a mini stroke recently and around the same time Kerry also endured health problems, so this fine partnership needed to end. Graham passed the Hon. Secretary task over to fellow Committee Member, Tarsem Rumpal and moved, with unanimous approval, to the post of President of our Association, where his experience and wise advice will valuable to us all.

Graham spent thirteen years in The Kenya Police, serving in The NFD, Nyeri and Nairobi.

The Committee and all Members thank Graham and Kerry for their hard work and dedication the Kenya Police Association and wish them well in health in the coming years.