Strategic Risk Management and Performance of Police Work in Kuresoi Subcounty, Kenya
Mbugua, Samwel Njoroge
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The aim of Risk management is three fold; it must identify the risk, undertake an objective analysis of risk specific to the organization, and respond to the risk in an appropriate manner. Risk management is not an end in and of itself, but rather part of sound organizational practices that include planning, preparedness, program evaluation, process improvement, and budget priority development. With increased insecurity investors and tourists get scared and keep off and as such huge resources have to be used to lure them back to the country. Development is challenged and slowed down by insecurity. In an effort to perform their duties, the police in this area have been accused of being slow in responding to social ills and not willing to offer free, fair and selfless service and sometimes seen to undertake inappropriate measures, hence defeating their primary objective to maintain law and order. This study therefore analyzed the strategic risk management and performance of police work in Kuresoi Sub-County, Kenya. The objectives of the study included to analyze the effects of risk identification on the performance of police work, to examine the effects of risk assessment on the performance of police work, To find out the effects of risk mitigation on the performance of police work and to analyze the effects of risk monitoring on the performance of police work in Kuresoi Sub County. The recommendations assisted policymakers and law enforcement officers, by providing thorough understanding the threat posed by crime and the ultimate consequences. Future researchers also benefit in that they was able to increase their understanding of the pertinent issues that underpin the study. For the purpose of this study descriptive and explanatory research design was used. The population of interest consists of Sub-County police officers who included the deputy county commissioner, the senior assistant county commissioner, the officer commanding police division, the county administration police commander, the county criminal investigation officer and police officers in 5 police stations. From a population of 84 respondents, the study picked a sample was 44 respondents and 30 members of the public. Stratified random sampling technique was used since the population of interest is not homogeneous and can be subdivided into groups or strata to obtain a representative sample. This study utilized a questionnaire and an interview guide to collect primary data. The questionnaire was designed to include both structured and unstructured questions. The data was then coded to enable the responses to be grouped into various categories. The descriptive statistical tools helped the researcher to describe the data and determine the extent used. Analysis was done quantitatively and qualitatively by use of descriptive statistics. This included percentages, frequencies, mean and standard deviation. In addition, advance statistical techniques (inferential statistics) were also considered. The police management should enhance risk identification, risk mitigation, risk assessment and risk monitoring so as to improve performance of police work. This can be done by holding workshops to enlighten the police on strategic risk management practices that can enhance police performance.