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Policing, prosecution and the law in colonial Kenya, c. 1905–39
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Policing, in its broadest sense, was the cutting edge of colonial rule in Kenya. The subject of law and order looms larger in the history of Kenya than in that of any other British colonial possession in Africa. This chapter examines the ways in which the particularities of local conditions affected the pattern and practice of policing in Kenya, and especially sets policing within the context of the operation of the legal system. It provides a brief account of the activities of the Kenya Police their handling of crime, their success in bringing prosecutions and obtaining convictions, and the nature of the punishments inflicted upon offenders. The Kenya Police were typical of most colonial forces in British Africa, comprising an establishment of European inspectors and assistant inspectors, with some Asian juniors, and an entirely African rank and file.

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Government, Authority and Control, 1830–1940


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