Kara in collaboration with Institute of Professional Security Studies (IPSS) has commenced training of Resident Associations

leaders on community-based security and safety program with an aim to enhance security and safety preparedness in the neighborhoods.

The specific objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Promote the concept of structured community security and safety and enhance quality of life in neighborhoods;
  • Provide comprehensive security, safety and disaster management training;
  • Encourage Resident Associations to develop security management strategies and operational plans aimed at reducing crime and anti- social behavior;
  • Encourage the reporting of crime and trends in specific areas
  • Train Resident Associations leaders on how to document community security programs ( CSP).

Speaking, during the workshop that brought together various Resident Association leaders, local police and private security companies from part of Kiambu County, Kara Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Henry Ochieng, said: “Issues of security and safety require concerted efforts by various stakeholders including community leaders and residents of various neighborhoods. There must be structured collaboration between the Government, private sector and community leaders to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the fight against insecurity.”  He pointed out that most Resident Associations were formed to respond security challenges at the neighbourhood level and it is important to build the capacity of community leaders to make the Associations effective in responding to the security needs of the neighbourhoods.

On his part, the Executive Director, Institute of Professional Security Studies,Lt.Col (Rtd) Julius Githiri, pointed out that community security is a concept that seeks to operationalize human security, human development and state building programs at the local level. 

“With the nature of crime increasingly becoming complex and in the wake of terrorism threats in Kenya, the role of Resident Associations towards finding solutions to security challenges cannot be overemphasized. Resident Associations are better placed to monitor activities within neighbourhoods of their jurisdiction and take appropriate action on any unusual or suspicious activity. To be more effective, the Associations should therefore establish security management strategies and operational plans aimed at reducing crime and anti- social behavior in the neigborhoods.”