Policing Rural Kenya: Practices and Challenges

Emmanuel K Bunei*, Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi

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Policing practices and strategies vary from one environment to another. Whereas there are many studies that have been conducted concerning policing and police behaviour in general, unfortunately, most of these studies have focussed on the problem of policing in general or urban environment, and less on strategies, practices and challenges of policing rural areas in Africa. In East Africa, rural areas continue to witness increasing trends of crime and criminalities and yet, literature on rural policing and police behaviour is scanty. Against this backdrop, this chapter will provide a critical understanding of the current rural policing issues from an East African country, by use of documentary reviews and in-depth analysis of available literature and policy documents. Specifically, the chapter seeks to proof that, rural areas in Africa are distinct and requires distinct policing strategies to effectively combat crimes that occur in these areas. The chapter will also highlight how economic, social, cultural and political factors mutually reinforces each other to promote and impede policing of rural in Kenya specifically. The chapter will conclude by recommending that there is need for specific approaches that address different policing needs of rural environment which can inform development of practical and relevant interventions to problems of crime and criminality in remote and rural areas of Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicing and the Rule of Law in Sub-Saharan Africa
EditorsOluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003148395
ISBN (Print)9780367693855, 9780367708917
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary Africa


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