Department of Security and Correction Science
A word from the chair
The security sector world over is fundamental for the realization of a secure environment on which all other sectors thrive. Indeed the question of crime management and rehabilitation of those involved in crimes has always been the concern of states irrespective of the level of socio-cultural, political and economic advancement. State actors especially, the law makers, the law enforcement as well as mediation agencies, have come to acknowledge the role the security sector must play in the maintenance of law and order. With this in mind Kenyatta University became a major stockholder in security management by establish the Department of Security and Correction science and putting in place the necessary resources in order to facilitate training and research in security related areas. The department of security and correction science plays a key role in the training of professionals who end up attaining the competencies and skills that enable them to competently work in security related areas as well as carrying out research in order to inform policy making in the security sector. The department has a wide catchment area which includes both uniformed and non-uniformed professionals as well as nonprofessionals- in security and non-security establishments in addition to the non- employed who wish to further their studies in security management and thereby ultimately improving the security environment. The market for security managers is enormous owing to the fact that the security environment has continued to threaten all other sectors the world over.
The department envisages being a hub of teaching, research and service in Security and Correction science.
To train experts with skills and competencies in security management and correctional science which are relevant or crucial theoretically and practically in academics, policy making and at societal level.
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a). Diploma in Security Management and Police Studies
Police organizations worldwide face myriad challenges occasioned by globalization, national security, emerging crimes, the rise of surveillance society and transnational crime. The capacity of law enforcement agencies to cope with the crime trends is under constant challenge. This program introduces an academic dimension to complement the existing training in order to mitigate the challenges in today’s policing environment. Its mission is to produce all-round security personnel who are competent in fundamentals and practices of security management and policing in a changing environment through quality education, research and training.
b). Postgraduate Diploma in Security and Correctional Science
The correction and rehabilitation of persons who find themselves on the wrong side of the law is critical for social order, economic development and social reintegration. There is therefore need to continuously improve officers’ performance through training. The Post Graduate Diploma in Security and correction is meant for newly recruited professionals (cadets) as well as serving officers who possess a bachelor’s degree but wish to acquire skills as well as professional expertise in the areas of security and corrections. The training will equip the officers with the skills required in their treatment and rehabilitative work as demanded by international standards such as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the treatment of prisoners as well as the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA) which is a continental body that brings together prisons and correctional services in Africa.
c). Diploma in Security and Correctional Science
The Diploma Programme in Security and Correctional Science is customer made to meet the need for broader knowledge and skills as well as professional expertise in the areas of security and corrections. The programme targets newly recruited personnel as well as serving officers in KPS. The Diploma in Security and Correctional Science seeks to equip prison officers with the necessary knowledge and skills that will ensure professional delivery of their services. The programme will provide an opportunity for prison officers in the quest of advancing their qualifications to enroll for courses relevant and responsive to prisons work. This programme will enable officers to obtain a diploma in Security and Correctional Science which is recognized world-wide. Officers shall be equipped with knowledge and skills for dealing with security and emerging issues in corrections and rehabilitation in order to enhance professionalism in security and correctional services.
d). Bachelor of Security Management and Policing Studies
The security sector is increasingly facing new challenges in the wake of the multiplicity of actors within the International System. This is occasioned by globalization, the ever changing demands of the national security environment, intra-state crimes, transnational crimes and the rise of the surveillance society. The Bachelor of Security Management (BSM) programme seeks to equip the trainees with broader knowledge and skills as well as professional expertise in mitigating crime and insecurity. The programme targets a wide range of personnel in the broad security sector and is especially oriented towards instilling management skills for those in the sector.
e). Master of Security Management and Police Studies
This programme, aims at broadening the range of skills available to security personnel including, but not limited to, use of ICT in security management, global security analysis, communication, human relations, crime detection and investigation as well as security policy analysis and research. Equally, this programme provides opportunities for practitioners in the field and other eligible persons willing to further their studies in the field of security management. It shall an opportunity for police officers to enhance their understanding of policing, and stimulating research in policing issues. It also provides an opportunity for security managers to interrogate critical issues, thus enhancing capacity building.
f). Master of Arts in Leadership and Security Management (MALSM)
Security management concerns permeate every sector and agenda and can determine the pace of development of a nation. In the modern society generally, the security sector is increasingly challenged by both internal and external threats and the advent of a complicated world order often requiring elaborate organization of the security sector. The Master of Arts in Leadership and Security Management seeks to respond to contemporary security challenges and to equip Senior Police officers with ‘hands on’ skills for implementing the transformation process within their organization. The programme aims at equipping senior police officers with advanced knowledge and skills to expeditiously deal not only with the complex policing environment but also be able to provide up to date leadership and management services in a security sector that is faced with myriad challenges occasioned by globalization, national security, emerging crimes, the rise of the surveillance society and transnational crime.
g). Diploma in Leadership and Security Management (MALSM)
Security management concerns permeate every sector and agenda and can determine the pace of development of a nation. In the modern society, the security sector must be more equipped and its personnel act more professionally so as to be able to deal with the multiplicity of challenges affecting the service within a rapidly changing environment. The Diploma in Leadership and Security Management (DLSM) seeks to respond to equip Senior Police officers with ‘hands on’ skills for implementing the transformation process within the organization. The main goal of the programme is to develop individual and collective skills of senior police officers for their unique roles and providing up to date training and best practices in security management.
h). Certificate in Security and Correctional Science
The certificate programme in Security and Correctional Science is tailor made to meet the need for broader knowledge and skills as well as professional expertise in the areas of security and corrections. The programme targets newly recruited personnel as well as serving officers in KPS. Its main aim is to train its personnel in security management and correctional science in order to deal with emerging trends in the correction and rehabilitation of inmates. The training in Security and Correctional Science will equip prison officers with adequate knowledge and skills in their respective areas of operation. The training will cover global and local issues in corrections including restorative justice, effective rehabilitation and reintegration. The training will enhance prison officers’ knowledge and understanding of global and emerging issues in security and corrections. The programme will enable Prison officers who are in the quest of advancing their qualifications to enroll for courses that are relevant and responsive to prisons work and finally obtain a Kenyatta University Certificate in Security and Correctional Science, which will be recognized world-wide.
i). Ph.D in Security Studies
The catchment area for the proposed PhD program in Security Studies is indeed far and wide since it is likely to be one of its own kind in the region. At the moment graduates in security related studies are not able to further their studies in a related field locally for lack of a Phd Program in the area. The proposed PhD in Security Studies is therefore meant to offer an opportunity for training to future security managers within and outside the country since it is one of its own kind in the region. The programme targets Master’s holders in Security related field including peace and conflict as well as criminology related courses who aspire to work at policy, decision-making and leadership levels. Those who have graduated with Master’s degree in Security Management and Policing Studies will find the programme very useful. Also targeted by the programme include lecturers who hold master’s degrees in security related areas. The programme is expected sharpen skills in leadership, management, teaching and research and policy in security studies.
Dr. Cyprian M Kavivya
Chairman, Department of Security and Correction Science