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Timau Community (Policing) Project – Phase 1 (TCP1)


Date: June 28, 2012

By: admin

TCP1 started in January 2009 when communities came together to prevent and respond to rampart insecurity in Timau, a Kenyan district in Meru County.

Timau is located on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya, some 160km from Nairobi.

The TCP1 initiative serves an agricultural community made up of mainly large-scale wheat farms with a smaller number of smallholder farms as well as flower farms. The population consists mainly of farm workers, small-scale farmers and traders.

The community was particularly weary of the escalating cases of livestock and farm produce theft. Additionally, highway robbery was also on the increase, where thugs would embed nails on the main Meru-Nairobi road, then attack and rob travelers whose tires got punctured by these nails.

The influx of migrant workers seeking employment in the wheat and flower farms also put a strain on social amenities, also contributing to the increase in crime.

With The Kenya Police force largely overwhelmed by the vastness of their area of jurisdiction, criminals were having a field day.

The community was becoming desperate . They thus organized themselves and started the project before inviting CRDF to support them further.

The community identified a property on communal land which had a disused building which they then proceeded to renovate and set up as a patrol base for the police and TCP1 staff. They also built additional accommodation for the police and project staff.

CRDF donated a 4X4 community patrol vehicle to be used to respond to incidents faster and therefore more efficiently.

TCP1 now operates from Maritati Police Patrol Base and covers the Subuiga, Ntirimiti, Kisima, Ex-Lewa, Karimba, Maritati, Kwa-Ng’ang’a, Ngusishi, Timau, Embori, Uhuru Flowers, Batian and Daisa villages. Crime in these villages has declined significantly since the project started.


  1. Oscar
    Posted May 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi,am oscar,I know of all your remarkable work to your community.can i please have a contact of your chairman?

  2. kirea karwara
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this worthy cause

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