Briefing Note 1: June2016
The Kenya CSO Police Reforms Working Group (PRWG-K) held a two-day strategic retreat on June 23rd-24th 2016, to take stock of the first phase of police reforms (2011-2015) and identify strategic interventions for 2016/18. The retreat, supported by UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC brought together 10 members of the PRWG-K, the Kenya Donor Group on Police Reforms, various policing institutions including the Directorate of Police Reforms, Independent Policing Oversight Authority, Internal Affairs Unit, the National Police Service, the National Police Service Commission and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.
The participants were briefed on the revised Police Reforms Program Document that contains the key pillars of police reform for the 2015-2018 period as identified by the 4 main policing institutions; Independent policing Oversight authority, National Police service Commission, Internal Affairs Unit, and the office of the Inspector General of Police/National Police Service in collaboration with the Ministerial of interior and Coordination of National Government. Participants were pleased to note that unlike the first phase that focused more on hard ware, the 2015-2018 phase gives more emphasis on the software (values, attitudes, perceptions, practices and welfare of police officers); the human person.
Speaking on behalf of the Police Reforms Donor Group, Ms. Courtney Morris of the US Embassy welcomed the push by CSOs for public participation and coordination with development partners on police reforms, and appreciated the efforts at coordinating agencies working in the reform agenda as it aims to establish greater accountability. Government partners attending the forum were encouraged to forge the relationships and add value to how the PRWG-K works in the year ahead.
Participants also reviewed the priority areas for each organization for the year 2016-2017, and discussed areas for potential cooperation.
This retreat with state agencies and donors in police reform culminated in a joint Work Plan to guide the civil society Police Reforms in the next 2 years. This plan, which is aligned to the revised Police Reforms Program Document will hopefully lead to a more robust and structured coordination among themselves and collaboration with the various state agencies and development partners.