Over eighty members of Community Policing Committees (CPCs) operating in Ntarama Sector of Bugesera District have been reminded of their key responsibility of crime prevention and urged to enhance efforts in ensuring public safety.
The call was made on September 12, by the District Community Liaison Officer Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwitonze, during a training that focused on equipping CPCs with knowledge on partnership in crime prevention.
He began by thanking them for their important role in sharing information with police to foster safety in communities, and urged them to get closer to citizens and understand their challenges to ensure safety and security.
“You have become an important partners in community policing to fostering security in your neighborhoods. Many people rely on you, therefore, you should be professional and disciplined at times and ensure that citizens trust you with their information,” he said.
“Police will always have open channels in order to foster cooperation to overcome crimes in community such as gender-based-violence, burglary and drug abuse among others. You should always be devoted in this important service that you provide…Your role in keeping your communities safe is very crucial. Exploit it to encourage residents to enhance neighbourhood watch as one of the programmes that facilitate policing,” AIP Uwitonze told members of CPCs.
He noted that with over 2900 members operating in Bugesera District, there is no doubt, “our goal of making our district the most secure will be achieved. We just need to cooperate at all times and share information on anything that may cause insecurity in our district.”
Rwanda National Police (RNP) has allocated police officers to all areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants and work together with CPCs to address any emerging crime and persistent challenges,” he said.
“Therefore, as CPCs, you are always required to carry out an overall assessment of community needs and challenges and discuss effective measures in reducing crime .”
Dyna Vumuliya a CPC members said that such kind of meeting encourage them to keep up the spirit.