A total of 139 members of community policing committees and community night patrols commonly known as Irondo from 39 villages in Gatsata Sector of Gasabo District, were on October 28 trained in detecting and preventing crimes.
The exercise is part of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) process of shifting from fighting to prevention through its proactive concept of community policing, which binds the general public to engage in safety and security related activities.
The one day training focused mainly on fighting and preventing drug related crimes, human trafficking, and civic education as a catalyst to community policing.
The executive secretary of Gatsata, Gertrude Urujeni, while opening the training, urged them to be exemplary in community policing and identifying likely threats to safety and security and share such information with security organs, which she said, will be a guiding tool to crime prevention.
Inspector of Police (IP) Theogene Mugabo, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Gasabo, noted that patriotism and integrity are essential factors in effective policing.
He dwelt much on enlightening them on the global threat of human trafficking and urged them to carry on the message and campaign in their respective communities for all Rwandans to be aware of the tricks traffickers use and the inhuman acts of sexual exploitation, hard labour and likely organ removal that awaits victims.
The head of Irondo committee in Gatsata Gerome Mukiza, thanked the police and the leadership of Gatsata for supporting them and giving them skills, which he said that they continue to guide them in their community policing and crime prevention activities.