Activities to promote safety and security and prevent crimes in Musanze District are gaining momentum following the creation of at least 113 anti-crime clubs in schools and in communities.
The clubs have been credited for increased awareness and information exchange on wrongdoers in real time, which has led to the reduction in specific crimes especially drug and gender based related crimes.
According to Inspector of Police (IP) Viateur Ntiyamira, the District Community Liaison Officer of Musanze, 56 clubs have been created in schools while 57 others were established in cells.
“We have a designed programme in partnership with members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Musanze to ensure that at least each school and all 68 cells in the Musanze have an anti-crime club, and so far so good…we expect to cover all the cells by the end of next month,” IP Ntiyamira said.
On Monday, two clubs were established in Groupe Scolaire Gitinda, where awareness against drug abuse, human trafficking and unwanted pregnancy was held, earlier on.
“The 57 clubs in cells are in 12 sectors in the last three months out of 15, which constitute Musanze District; we are remaining with the sectors of Kinigi, Gacaca and Kimonyi,” he added.
“We have seen some anti-crime clubs in schools performing well through debates and counseling and drug related crimes have as well gone down in schools and we believe the more clubs established and supported the more we will be making community policing effective in fighting and preventing crimes.”
According to IP Ntiyamira, the creation of clubs proceeds awareness campaign especially against drug abuse, unwanted pregnancies and human trafficking, among the young generation.
Meanwhile, the joint campaigns have also seen the number of youth volunteers more than double, with new members subscribing to the group, whose main focus in the raise awareness against crimes and support the country’s development activities.