A community security meeting held Monday in Gisagara District reviewed and discussed the security status in the area, in a move to devise more strong and collaborative approaches that would help prevent the few common crimes that still exist in the district.
The meeting chaired by the Governor of the Southern Province, Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, was attended by over 2, 000 residents as well as Senior Police officers and members of other security organs.
Present was also the Southern Region Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Gilbert Gumira.
The meeting covered a spectrum of security related issues, and ended with a renewed commitment of everyone to play a personal responsibility towards a crime-free society.
Governor Mureshyankwano pointed out that security is crucial to all aspects of social welfare and sustainable development, which requires individual and collective responsibility.
She spoke on narcotic drugs and its influence to criminal acts including domestic conflicts, gender based violence, child abuse and assault.
“Narcotics is a criminal business that everyone should fight against,” the Governor said, calling for strong partnership to fight all sorts of criminal and unlawful acts.
“The economic prosperity the country has registered is because of security. It is therefore, imperative that we continue to join hands to fight anything that would frustrate the security we to enjoy.” Governor Mureshyankwano noted.
She, however, commended the good working relations between Rwanda National Police and the people citing the full participation of citizens during the just concluded Police Week, which focused on community development and anti-crime awareness.
The governor further challenged residents to play a role to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections are conducted in peaceful and secure environment.
ACP Gumira, who also lauded the role of the public in community policing, urged residents of Gisagara to always provide real time information on anything suspicious.
ACP Gumira further challenged residents to also embrace ‘Neighborhood Watch’, and play part in night patrols to prevent criminal acts committed under darkness.