Ninety-four youth in Bugesera have signed up as members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) and committed to ensuring public safety in their neighborhoods.
They made the commitment on January 30, during a meeting held at Bugesera District offices and drew over 150 RYVCP members.
The meeting aimed at electing the new committee members at a Sector level.
It also reviewed their performance and partnership with other institutions in fighting and preventing crime through increased awareness campaigns, sharing of timely information, and other activities that would contribute to community and national development.
The District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Bugesera, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwitonze, while welcoming the new youth crime preventers said that “public safety is the only way to ensure the country’s development.”
To achieve that, he said, youth need first to distance themselves from unlawful acts and remain committed towards contributing to activities that develop both the individual and the nation.
He argued them to put more efforts in whatever they do most especially forming up partnership with residents in their respective communities.
“Ignite community policing initiatives like the concept of neighborhood watch as to overcome any security challenge that can affect someone in the next door and seek to form more cooperation or partnership with security agencies in sharing timely information that would assist in crime prevention, detection and arrests of criminals,” he said.
He emphasized that Rwanda National Police remains committed to supporting their noble cause to preserve and ensure safety and security.
The executive secretary for Rilima sector, Gasirabo Gaspard commended the role played by the youth in equally determining Rwanda’s has a brighter future through supporting vulnerable communities, carrying out crime prevention awareness programs in schools and communities especially against drug abuse, corruption, gender and domestic violence, among others.
Jean Pierre Niyibizi, the coordinator of RYVCP in Bugesera said the youth members resolved to remain committed to ensuring security and safeness in neighborhoods through increased awareness, real time information sharing, and supporting the vulnerable as part of the human security programme.
The youth organisation has about 60, 000 members countrywide.