The Inspector General (IG) of Police Mr. Joseph Boinnet has said that the NPS will put in place mechanisms for structured engagement with Resident Associations in its efforts to address safety and security challenges in Kenya.

Speaking at the 69th session of the Kara Bi-Monthly Talk Series forum held on 12th February 2019 in Nairobi, the IG acknowledged the critical role that resident associations play in addressing security challenges at the neighborhood level and stated that partnership between community groups and the police is critical for effective management of security across the country. “With the nature of crime increasingly becoming complex accompanied by the terrorism threats, the National Police Service has adopted new measures of ensuring structured engagement with the communities. These include through establishment of various communication platforms such as the National Police Service Website, Twitter Account, the Anonymous Reporting and Information System (ARIS) and Toll Free emergency lines (911, 112 and 999)” he said. He added that the NPS has also developed Community Policing Guidelines to streamline the implementation of the strategy throughout the country. He noted that collaboration with communities is in line with the requirements of Article 244 (e) of the Kenya Constitution that mandates the police to foster and promote relationships with the broader society in carrying out its mandate.

The theme of the BTS forum was “The role of resident associations in promoting safety and security in Kenya”’ Speaking at the same forum, H.E. Dr. Pindi Hazara Channa, the Tanzania High Commissioner in Kenya, share insights on the application of the ‘NyumbaKumi’ concept in Tanzania. She said that the model has succeeded in Tanzania because of high level of patriotism and commitment among the citizenry. She added that the security clusters have ensured that people in a particular community are well aware of the activities in their neighbourhood and are always quick to inform the relevant authorities incase something unusual occurs.

Mr. William Kangethe Thuku, Principal Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Interior and National Coordination, said that the Government has put in place necessary policies to facilitate engagement between communities and security organs in Kenya. He said that through platforms such as Mulika Application, the public can pass information anonymously to the police on any security concerns. The forum was also addressed by Mr. Martin Nkaari, Director at The Security Academy who emphasized on the need to involve various stakeholders including the private sector in finding solutions to security challenges in Kenya.