The Government of Kenya is implementing a police reform process guided by the National Framework for re-organizing the National Police Service. The police reform agenda in Kenya envisions quality policing services for a safe and secure Kenya through strengthened capacity among policing institutions to address institutional and people-centred reforms.
REINVENT PROGRAMME APPROACH
We work with the Ministry of Interior, national policing agencies and downstream partners to deliver:
Technical capacity building of National Police Service in implementation of police reforms including improving the use of technology in managing police records, data management, review of relevant policies including the SSOs to align with the new framework for reorganizing the NPS and capacity building of reform institutions to monitor police reform implementation.
Improved service delivery at the police station level by empowering police stations with tools for planning, budgeting, performance measurement and citizen engagement
Improved community police relations through engagement forums and coordination platforms including the Police Reform Steering Committee (at national level) and County Security and Intelligence Committees at the county and sub-county levels.
Strengthened citizen participation through engagement with security providers to improve police and citizen accountability.
Performance measurement through the development of service delivery index, and score cards.
Linking Police Response to Conflict and Fragility
The pilot intervention in the Amaya Triangle was undertaken by one of our downstream partners Security Research & Information Centre (SRIC) in Baringo, Samburu, Laikipia and West Pokot counties. The four counties present fragility, conflict and violence in different dimensions with the proliferation and use of small arms being a constant denominator. Furthermore, the four counties also host National Police Reservists and thus present an opportunity to explore the linkages between quasi-community- government security formations and other non-state actors in conflict and violence escalation or resolution.
The pilot involved digitisation of arms registers in select police stations and training of officers on the digitisation platform. A key lesson that emerged from the intervention is that while the overall police reforms agenda speaks to various change projects, integrating national aspirations with the realities at local police stations which are the central units of police operations goes a long way in ensuring ownership and support from officers and key security actors in local communities. The lessons offer key insights on the design of programmatic intervention in these settings where State, private establishments like conservancies and local communities interact in search of durable peace.
Taken together, these lessons from the Amaya Triangle pose insights on design of interventions in fragile, conflict and violence affected settings (FCVAS), and how to promote collaborations between local communities, law enforcement agencies, ranches/ conservancies and county security leadership committees