GSU shoot their way to rifle championship glory

Officers celebrate at the NPS rifle championship. PHOTO/Simon Ngure
Officers celebrate at the NPS rifle championship. PHOTO/Simon Ngure

The General Service Unit (GSU) team of the Kenya Police Service raked in a massive 9851 points to successfully defend their National Police Service rifle championship during Thursday’s finals in Gilgil.

GSU set a huge gulf between themselves the chasing pack of 24 others, leading second-placed Kenya Police College by a whopping 684 points in the annual championship that integrates 19 different sets of competitions.

The Ant-stock Theft Unit finished third on 9008 points in the event graced by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and members of the National Police Service (NPS) Range Council among other top ranking officers in the NPS on its final day.

There was a comical twist as bottom-placed Diplomatic Police Unit were awarded with a traditional cooking stick and a packet of flour for their meager return of 1781 points, customarily a symbol they need to feed better to match their competitors.

The thrilling eight-day event brought together 25 teams from the Kenya Police Service (KPS), Administration Police Service (APS) – who were participating for the first time – and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

This year, the Range Council introduced six new teams: Administration Police Training College, Rapid Deployment Unit, Rift Valley Region, Administration Police Specialized Stock Theft Prevention Unit and the Security of Government Buildings.

Constable Irene Wanjiku from the GSU Training School emerged the best overall women officer while corporal Rashfold Mutegi from the Anti-stock Theft unit emerged the best overall in the men’s category.

Wanjiku attributed her success to regular training and discipline that saw her elevated to the rank of corporal while saying she hopes to represent the country in international competitions.

Mutegi’s accomplishment came with the added bonus of being elevated to the rank of senior sergeant.

Apart from the trophies and cash rewards, the two officers were accorded an honourable ride past the chief guests in special stretchers carried by five officers on each side.

Boinett commended the officers for their tolerance, high level of discipline and great performance and assured them of support from his office.

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