The unit was established in July 1992 as an elite quick response force to combat violent related crimes within Nairobi Area and its environs. It was then referred to as Anti-motor Vehicle Theft Unit with great emphasis on motor vehicle theft.

The Unit is based at Nairobi Area Police County Headquarters and is under direct command of CCIO Nairobi County who is responsible for administration, logistic and coordination purposes.

The following are some of the core functions of the unit

  • All cases of motor vehicle theft
  • Robbery with violence cases.
  • Organized criminal gangs
  • Emerging crimes e.g. terrorism, kidnapping
  • Cases of special or public interest.
  •  Proactive prevention, investigation and detection of bank robberies, carjackings, thefts of motor vehicles, kidnappings and any other emerging serious crimes.
  • Forensic processing of stolen motor vehicles verification and processing on behalf of the N.T.S.A all application relating to change of colour, replacement of logbook, number plates and any amendments to the logbook due to change of engine numbers.
  •  To do any other duty as directed by the director of criminal investigations