Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett on Monday called on citizens to implement community policing to help fight terror attacks in the country. police
“All communities and Kenyans at large should take this idea and start implementing it and this should be the responsibility of all of us regardless of societal status,” he told journalists during a seminar on the National Task Force on Community Policing held in Naivasha, some 90km northwest of the capital Nairobi.
The police chief said community policing is key to reduction of crime and various other security challenges.
Community Policing Taskforce chairman, Joseph Kaguthi, said the government had opened up various platforms where Kenyans could report incidences, urging the public to help in reducing crime activities.
“What you see, what you suspect, what you hear is very important and should therefore not be taken for granted,” he said.
Former director of Criminal Investigation Officers, Francis Sang, said community policing had helped reduce crime by 30 to 35 percent in areas where it was implemented.
“Scientifically it has been proven that 75 percent of criminal activities can be reduced by 30 percent through the new system of community policing,” said Sang, who is also a member of the Community Policing Taskforce.
Boinett added measures had been put in place to ensure safety in areas that are hard hit by Somalia-based Islamist group Al- Shabaab’s attacks, like Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Lamu.
Kenya has witness a series of Al-Shabaab raids, especially in its coastal and northeastern regions, since its entered Somalia to take on the militants in 2011.
The group’s gunman in early April raided a college in Garissa county and killed 148 people. Enditem

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