NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Robust engagement of citizens in policing has
contributed significantly to a slump in terrorist attacks and
other security threats in Kenya, officials said on Monday.
Joseph Kaguthi, the Chairman of Community Policing Initiative at
the Presidency said ordinary citizens have bolstered state-led
initiatives to identify and nab law breakers including
terrorists, violent robbers, cattle rustlers and drug kingpins.
"The citizens-based policing has been a success in the recent
past as evidenced by a decline in terror attacks and other forms
of security threats in the country," Kaguthi said in Nairobi
during a national forum to evaluate the success of community
policing initiative launched by the government two years ago in
the wake of terrorist attacks in Kenya.
"Citizens have been reporting terror suspects to police in a
rapid manner hence preventing loss of lives. We have engaged the
public in regions prone to terrorism to become an integral part
of this unconventional warfare," said Kaguthi.
The Kenyan government and bilateral allies have increased
budgetary allocation to community policing in order to
strengthen response to insecurity.
According to Kaguthi, communities in volatile regions have
been empowered with knowledge and modern technologies to enable
them detect and report security threats on real time basis.
"We have provided a platform for local communities to
identify and report to authorities criminal elements in their
midst. As a result, we have witnessed an enthusiasm by the
public to report terror suspects evading law enforcement
agencies," Kaguthi said.
He added that citizens based policing has been enhanced in
northern Kenyan counties to boost the war against cattle
Kenya has enacted a raft of policy and legislative frameworks
to strengthen community policing in the light of rapidly
evolving security threats.
Francis Sang, a member of the state-led community policing
initiative noted that citizens’ participation has revolutionized
the war against urban crime, terrorism and banditry in Kenya.
"Many countries including Kenya have embraced community
policing in their quest to defeat modern security threats like
terrorism, drugs smuggling and robbery," Sang said.
He added that community policing will be critical to prevent
mayhem as Kenya gears up for hotly contested general election in