As community policing continues to be the beam for safety and security, members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) organization in districts have joined efforts with the police and local leaders to mobilize more youth members in an attempt to further improve safety and the overall quality of life in the country through crime awareness, detection, exchange of information and prevention.
The membership of the youth organization has more than doubled in the last one month alone to over 51, 500.
In Bugesera, the district coordinator of RYVCP, Jean Pierre Niyibizi said that they intend to increase the number from the current 1624 members to at least 10, 000 before the end of the year.
“We believe that the bigger the number of members the higher the impact of our awareness activities and crime prevention in particular,” said Niyibizi.
“In the last one month alone, we have gained a total of 720 new members through joint anti-crime awareness and mobilization with the Police,” he added.
According the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Bugesera, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwitonze, members of youth volunteers have added life in crime reporting especially distillers, traffickers and users of psychotropic substances and domestic conflicts.
“We have now drawn a programme to traverse all the 15 sectors of Bugesera to mobilize more members and to have a collective idea and response to crime. This week, we will hold campaigns in schools and communities in the sectors of Mwogo and Ruhuha,” AIP Uwitonze said.
There are close to 450 members in Mwogo and Ruhuha, currently.
Similar mobilization programmes are underway across the country as part of the effort to reach the set target of one million members by the end of 2017.
The organisation’s main objective is to be the community policing force through awareness and supporting human security activities as entailed in separate memorandums of understanding with Rwanda National Police and Society for Family Health (SFH-Rwanda).
The MoU between RNP and RYVCP binds the two parties to particularly partner in crime prevention strategies, community work – Umuganda - environmental protection and preventing environmental crimes; promote health, hygiene and sanitation and information exchange on crime, among others.
Under the partnership with SFH-Rwanda which primarily focuses on public health, the youth organization, partly, contributes to behavioral change among the youth and communities for sustainable health, safe and crime free environment.