A collaboration between the provincial administration, Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders and community policing initiatives has led to recovery of 45 firearms in Meru county.
According to the Meru Deputy Commissioner Dixon Kwanusu, the District Security Intelligence Committees have been promoting community policing which led to the success. "Members of the public and security agencies share information with each other instead of seeking it from strangers who at times do not cooperate. Our decision to work harmoniously with all stakeholders within the county has led to the recovery of the 45 firearms," said Kwanusu.
He expressed optimism that more firearms will be recovered in order to reduce the crime in the county. "Community policing has eradicated the wrong perceptions that members of the public had about the police and are now more confident while sharing information with the officers," said Kwanusu. "The joint efforts between the provincial administration and residents has successfully fostered peaceful co-existence between communities in areas previously affected by inter-clan and communal conflicts arising from boundary, land, water and pasture in areas that are yet to be adjudicated," he said.
Kwanusu cited cultural festivals, peace barazas, and committee meetings with local leaders as avenues that have provided security against cattle rustling that resulted in revenge attacks and displacement of communities.