An analysis of Kenya’s counter-terrorism policy and its implications on Police Community Relations
Kurui, Sheila Chepkorir
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The threat of terrorism has emerged as one of the biggest influences of modern day public policy. High profile events such as the August 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi,West Gate Mall and Garissa University attacks have transformed the manner in which the government and citizens conduct their day to day affairs. Kenyan government has employed institutional and legislative actions aimed at addressing this threat as reflected in the national counter terrorism policy documents.This study, using Kamukunji Constituency as a case study sought to investigate the interaction between police and the community in addressing the threat of terrorism. Utilizing a descriptive survey design, it specifically intended to examine the experiences of diverse communities and the voices of those charged with the responsibility of policing terrorism. The findings of the study reveal that community-police relationship that is built on trust and mutual respect is much more likely to give early warnings about terrorist acts.The study therefore recommends that the role of police in counter terrorism stands to benefit greatly if conceptualized with the aim of reaching out to the communities and fostering partnership that promotes safety and security by creating a network of individuals who feel it is in their best interest to create an environment hostile to criminals of all types.