List of Kenyan Athletes Who Joined National Police Service

List of Kenyan Athletes Who Joined National Police Service

Rene Otinga
December 4, 2021 at 5:34 AM

Kenyans without a doubt, the home of some of the most talented athletes in the world.

Ferdinand Omanyala was the latest athlete to be added to the National Police Service. Photo: Omanyala.
Source: Twitter

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 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

David Rudisha

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.

Julius Yego

Nicknamed Mr Youtube, Yego holds the rank of sergeant and works at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at DCI headquarters

Julius Yego
Julius Yego is also part of the National Police Service. Photo: Julius Yego.
Source: Getty Images

Vivian Cheruiyot

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.

Vivian Cheruiyot
Cheruiyot is with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Photo: Getty.
Source: Unknown

Ezekiel Kemboi

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.

Ezekiel Kemboi
Kemboi is considered a 3000 metres steeplechase legend in the country. Photo: Athletics Kenya.
Source: Getty Images

He is attached to the Presidential Escort Unit.

Asbel Kiprop

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.

Asbel Kiprop
1500m specialist Asbel Kiprop is based in Industrial Area in charge of quota. Photo: Getty.
Source: Getty Images

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.

Hyvin Kiyeng

The 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist currently works in Kiganjo as a sergeant.

Promoted athletes

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.

Rene Otinga photo
Rene Otinga
Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and