The commissioner for Operations and Public Order in Rwanda National Police (RNP), Commissioner of Police (CP) Emmanuel Butera has called upon community policing committees (CPC)of Rwamagana District to drive the ‘neighborhood watch’ strategy in identifying, reporting and preventing crimes.
While speaking to CPCs of Rwamagana on Wednesday, CP Butera said that security requires “ownership” and “partnership” adding that “being an eye” and ears for your neighbour ensures timely flow of information and response to prevent a detected crime.
“Neighbourhood watch is one of the methods that are of value to bringing households together and to watch out for each other. It will be easier to identify likely wrongdoers and it informs the way to prevent a crime.”
He noted that police wholly acknowledge their supplementary role in ensuring security prevails in communities in which they live and called for more alertness.
He said that “alertness does not mean to fear but to remain on guide.”
He further told the community policing committee members (CPC) to always involve the masses in maintaining security and to collaborate in information sharing adding that “security is a fundamental pillar for development” that every Rwandan should actively be part of.