Performance of community policing project on crime in Kibera, Nairobi

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study evaluated the relevance, performance and success of community policing project on crime in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the study was to assess the progress of community policing as strategy of combating crime. The study objectives were to determine the relevance, performance and success of community policing in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. This study was conducted at Kibera, in the outskirts of Nairobi Kenya and specifically targeted the community’s perception on community policing project in Kibera. This research used a researcher made instrument which was a questionnaire prepared for the Kibera community. Focused group discussions and observation methods were also used in this research for the purpose of triangulation of the information already provided from data collected by use of the questionnaire. The obtained data was analyzed and presented in percentage. This was necessary to find the profile of perceptions of the community and the community policing agents towards the community policing project in Kibera, which was the basis of this research. The major findings of the study indicated that community policing is relevant and appropriate in Kibera due to the level of crime in the area. Most number of the community members is satisfied with the project. However, in its implementation, most of the community members feel that it has not performed very well due to some limitations such as; lack of adequate cooperation between the police, agents and the community. The study shows that there is little trust between the three groups. The project is also threatened by corruption both from within the community policing initiative and the police. The community does not have sufficient information about community policing so that they can accord it their moral support. However, the community still fears community still fears crime. Most community members doubt sustainability of the community policing project in Kibera. It was recommended that the community policing agents should be remunerated or assisted to establish some income generating activities so as to keep them in the job and for the sustainability of community policing project. There is need to sensitize the community well. Better crime combating equipment’s should also be given to both the police and the community policing agents. Other causes leading to crime should also be addressed, and a conceptual frame has been provided in the recommendations. The criteria for recruitment of community policing agents should be perfect to ensure that crime potential people are locked out of the initiative. Training of the community policing staff is important. Finally it was recommended that the project involves monitoring and evaluation to check on any discrepancies arising.
A dissertation submitted to the school of postgraduate studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts Project Planning and Management of Kampala International university.
Community policing, Crime, Kibera, Nairobi, Performance