Assessment of Implementation of the Community Policing Programme in Nakuru Police Division, Nakuru County, Kenya
Njiri, N. M.
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The concept of community policing has become popular in recent times. Burdened with high crime rates and low public trust in the police, community policing has been embraced in a number of countries. In Kenya the security situation has deteriorated, and this has necessitated the introduction of community policing in various police stations. The purpose of this study is to assess the implementation of community policing programme in Nakuru Police Division. The objectives of the study are to assess the nature of community policing and establish the institutional arrangements of community policing. It will also identify the successes and challenges facing community policing and suggest recommendations to community policing in Nakuru Police Division. The study will employ a descriptive survey design. The study will target 330 police officers and community members involved in the community policing programme. Stratified simple random sampling techniques will be used to select a sample size of 141 respondents. Data will be collected using questionnaires. Descriptive statistics namely frequency, percentages, mean and standard deviation will be used to analyze the data. Qualitative data analysis will include the interactive processes of data description and classification for the purpose of coding and reducing data to themes. The findings of the study will provide useful information for evaluating and monitoring community policing programme. It will also form a basis for further research by scholars and students. The findings may also be used by the government in making decisions pertaining to ways of strengthening community policing programmes.