The efforts are geared towards strengthening the philosophy of community policing.
The security meeting held Friday was chaired by the mayor of Gicumbi, Juvenal Mudaheranwa and attended by the District Police Commander, Supt. Gaston Karagire as well as grassroots leaders.
Although the meeting observed that there is overall safety and security in Gicumbi, it also observed that there are still loopholes that are utilised by criminals like drug dealers to roam and conduct their unlawful acts, which should be closed.
Mayor Mudaheranwa urged sector and cell executive secretaries to go down to the people and sensitize them on community policing to fight violence against women, girls and children and illicit drugs, among others, which are still common in the district.
“We need to build on the existing strong partnership between the people, local leaders and security organs, strengthen the spirit of real time information sharing to make community policing an effective tool for sustainable security,” the mayor said.
The DPC, Supt. Karagire, also reiterated the need to work in unison to curb lawlessness, such as drug abuse which is largely responsible for some criminal tendencies.
The DPC further asked the business community including saving and credit cooperatives schemes (SACCOs) to install security gadgets such as CCTV cameras to facilitate investigations in times of theft or break-in.