Effectiveness of Police Reforms in Curbing Terrorism in Kenya; the Case of Nairobi County
This study was based on police reforms. The police reforms have been practiced in many parts of the world. The aim of reforms is to change the police structure to enhance security. Kenya has been in the recent past faced by many incidences of terror attacks. It is against this background that the study sought to examine the effectiveness of police reforms in creating public awareness of curbing terrorism. This study was guided by specific objectives which included examining the areas of success of police reforms in Kenya, impediments to police reforms, examining how successful police reforms have impacted police response to terrorism and finally finding out how terrorism can be reduced. A survey was conducted where 210 respondents were issued with questionnaires and ten key informants were interviewed. Data was then collected and analysed using quantitative and qualitative techniques. According to the results, 86.0% of respondents claimed that funds allocated for the implementation of police reforms at station level were not adequate. In addition, 77.8% of respondents acknowledged that the stalled police reforms affected police response to terrorism through lack of modern equipment, low motivation among others. 71.2% of respondents recommended community policing, intelligence collection and use of technology to help fight terrorism in Kenya. The study concluded that proper remuneration and procurement of necessary equipment in addition to offering relevant training will go a long way in ensuring police fight terrorist. Finally, the study recommends political support so that the success of police reforms becomes a reality.
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