The commissioner for Operation and Public Order in Rwanda National Police (RNP), Commissioner of Police (CP) Emmanuel Butera has urged security personnel operating in Kicukiro District to always be informed on crime trends and learn more so as to deal with the emerging and sophisticated threats to security.
CP Butera made the remarks as he officiated at a two-day retreat of security personnel held on January 2.
Participants include police officers, district security administrative organ – DASSO – and members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing in Kicukiro.
CP Butera, who represented the Inspector General of Police, called for “dedication and commitment” to their work.
He asked them to always be on alert adding that “no one knows when criminals may strike.”
The commissioner called for collaborative efforts mainly in information exchange among security agencies in order to successfully combat crime.
He said more weight should be put in preventing crimes such as human and drug trafficking, Gender based violence, child abuse and drug abuse which are some of the high impact crimes.
The mayor of Kicukiro, Dr. Jeanne Nyirahabimana thanked the security organs for their work.
She said the district has not recorded serious security threats in the recebt past, but added that concerns related to abuse of drugs can as put the young generation to waste, which can as be a serious security threat that also affects development.
The mayor however, called for continued vigilance and asked them to but much emphasis on preventing crime rather than dealing with the aftermath.
Mayor Nyirahabimana said that the retreat should be a time to reflect on the challenges ahead and review previous performance aimed at combating potential security threats in the district.