Kenyans without a doubt, the home of some of the most talented athletes in the world.
For some of these athletes, their achievements on the tracks have earned them promotions and recruitment in the National Police Service, and most of the time, it is usually well deserved.
As TUKO.co.ke reported, Africa’s fastest man Fedrinand Omanyala became the latest athlete to be snapped up by the National Police Service on Friday, December 3.
Omanyala caps off what has been a brilliant year for him by joining the Police force, where he will now represent in competitions.
One of the biggest pros of being part of the Police Service is the fact that Omanyala will be able to access the necessary resources that will enable him to maximize his potential.
Provided he does not get complacent, of course.
Aside from Omanyala, here are other Kenyan athletes in the Police Force
Rudisha remains one of the most prolific athletes on the 800m tracks.
The two time workd Champion won gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and holds the record of the fastest time in 800m (1:41). He remains the only human to have ran 800 metres in less than 1:41.
In 2016, he made headlines with photos of himself in police attire with the caption:
“Many are used to seeing me on running outfits, but this is the other look outside the track! Proud Police Officer. #Loveyourjob,”
Rudisha holds a position as Chief Inspector.
Nicknamed Mr Youtube, Yego holds the rank of sergeant and works at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at DCI headquarters
The 2018 London Marathon champion also works at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. She has been in the limelight since the tender age of 17.
Kemboi is one of the much earlier athletes who brought glory to Kenya.
The 39-year old won gold at the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Olympics and is currently placed as the sixth-fastest of all time in the 3000m with a personal best time of 7:55.76.
He is attached to the Presidential Escort Unit.
The 32-year old is a specialist in the 1500m races.
A slice of luck in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing saw him awarded gold in the 1500m after the initial winner Rashid Ramzi, tested positive for doping.
He also went on to win three titles at the world championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015
He is attached to the Industrial Area Police Division in charge of quota master.
The 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist currently works in Kiganjo as a sergeant.
More often, athletes in public service tend to be rewarded with promotions when they perform in exemplary fashion in various international events.
This was the case with both Timothy Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri.
Cheruiyot ranked as Chief Inspector and his promotion to Senior Superintendent came after his impressive display at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he won a silver in the men's 1500m.
For Obiri, she was on Tuesday, August 17, promoted to senior sergeant following her heroics at the summer games.
Source: Sports Brief News