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.
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
“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.
government and bilateral allies have increased budgetary
allocation to community policing in order to strengthen response
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 rustling.
Kenya has enacted a
raft of policy and legislative frameworks to strengthen
community policing in the light of rapidly evolving security
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.
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 August.