The effectiveness of the nyumba kumi initiative as a police reform strategy in Nairobi County
Since the Reform Agenda began in the police service in Kenya, little effort has been made to look at the contribution the reform processes and the strategies employed have made to performance in security. The study focused on examining the effectiveness of the Nyumba Kumi Initiative, as a police reform strategy, in the County of Nairobi. This dissertation was guided by the following specific objectives: to determine the extent of awareness of the Nyumba Kumi Initiative in Nairobi, assess the nature of training of police officers in the improvement of the security situation through the Nyumba Kumi Initiative in Nairobi and to evaluate various legal frameworks available. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The population of the study was all the general public residing in Nairobi. Random sampling was used to get a sample of 200 respondents. The study used primary and secondary data to answer the specific objectives of the study. Data collected using self-administered questionnaires were coded, verified for completeness and accuracy and were analyzed using a quantitative approach to derive descriptive statistics and outputs. The study used the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) to generate reports and the descriptive statistics for various variables in the study. Content analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data collected from in-depth interviews. The research produced a number of findings: that accountability, Information and awareness, specific training of police officers and a legal framework were necessary to significantly improve performance in security through the Nyumba Kumi Initiative as a strategy in Police Reform. The main conclusions drawn from this research were that lack of awareness and readiness by the general public and public authorities to understand urban set-ups and technologies become a significant barrier and that majority of city dwellers do not have much confidence in the Nyumba Kumi Initiative. The study recommends for more investment in the Nyumba Kumi Initiative as it can offer positive contribution to improved performance in security. Also recommended are constant publicity, training and sensitization to improve public and neighborhoods awareness on the Nyumba Kumi Initiative.