General Principles of Community Policing
The community policing initiative is based on the following broad principles:
The concept of "Nyumba Kumi", though being a Kiswahili phrase for "ten households" does not literally mean ten households. This is the basic level of security arrangement that can be aptly described as usalama wa msingi in Kiswahili which will ultimately form msingi wa usalama wa taifa (foundation of national security).
Characteristics of Nyumba Kumi
a. Written constitutions: All Community Policing Committees shall have written constitutions to address various issues. It will include but not limited to the following matters:
a) Nyumba Kumi:
The committee is composed of members of households or any other generic cluster. This is the basic level and the most critical of all the committees. Every member within the cluster is entitled to attend meetings and participate in decision making.
The households will democratically elect office bearers. The Chairperson will represent the cluster in the Sub Locational community policing committee.
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the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Mr. Joseph ole Lenku, gazetted the National Task Force on Community Policing on November 7th, 2013.
Mandate of the Taskforce
The Taskforce on Community Policing is mandated as per the gazette notice no. 14485 of 8th November 2013, to:
a) Coordinate the review of the program document on police reforms to assess the progress made in the implementation of community policing and develop a roadmap for fast tracking the pending reform activities and emerging priorities;
b) Examine and appraise the traditional and current community policing systems and structures with a view to adopting best practices and aligning the systems to the national security model;
c) Redefine community policing in the context of Nyumba Kumi and facilitate the development of an implementation frame work with clear roles and responsibilities of the community, the police, the administrative officers at the national level of government and other stakeholders for the entrenchment of public participation and accountability in policing;
d) Examine and document best practices in policing in different environments and jurisdictions and coordinate the process of developing a national policy on community poling;
e) Coordinate a nationwide civic education and awareness campaign on the Nyumba Kumi (Usalama kwa wote) concept to mobilize public support and participati on in community policing and the ongoing police reforms;
f) Coordinate the development of a national crime prevention strategy based on the nyumba kumi concept of community policing;
g) Monitor, evaluate and report on the progress made in the implementation of police reforms; and,
h) Recommend any other measures to be taken to strengthen community policing as a strategy to enhance national security.