Security Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 85–101 | Cite as

The police corruption “crime problem” in Kenya

  • Kempe Ronald HopeSr.Email author
Original Article


The corruption activities of the Kenya police are conducted primarily through syndicates run by superior officers. Police corruption crime has emerged as a serious “crime problem” in Kenya, perhaps not surprisingly given its reputation as being one of the most corrupt nations in the world. In countries where police corruption is persistent, such as Kenya, it represents a systemic failure of governance where the principal institutions responsible for ensuring police accountability, the observance of ethics and integrity standards, and enforcing the rule of law are compromised and themselves infested with corrupt individuals and syndicates. This work discusses and analyzes the trends and magnitude of police corruption crime in Kenya drawing on available data and providing detailed analysis to show a coherent picture of the police corruption problem and its environmental/situational determinants in the country within the current policing institutional framework.


Kenya Police corruption trends and magnitude Organized crime National Police Service Police reforms and oversight 


Compliance with ethical standards

No funding was received for this work and it does not contain any studies with human participants performed by the author.

Conflict of interest

The author has declared no conflicts of interest.


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