Police in Huye District have urged the youth in the area to actively take part in fighting and preventing crimes, and to make safety and security equally their responsibility.
This is part of the message delivered recently to about 25 youth leaders in Huye, who belong to Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP), a forum which has more than 100, 000 members countrywide.
The District Police Commander, Supt. Jean Marie Vianney Karegeya, while speaking to the youth leaders, asked them to put much effort in crime prevention, especially illicit drugs, gender based violence and child abuse.
“Records show that drug related crimes are still high and involve majority the youth. This is a trend that we have to reverse together,” the DPC said.
He further urged them to share knowledge on consequences of abusing drugs to others in their communities and to make community policing a significant tool in the process to combat crimes.
“Community-oriented policing strategies focus on building ties and working closely with members of the public to overcome crime in localities, and you are agents in this process,” Supt. Karegeya said.
"Most crimes can be prevented or minimized if we actively work together in identifying and apprehend those involved. Some of these wrongdoers are known in communities,” he said
Supt Karegeya reiterated the commitment of RNP in supporting all efforts geared at ensuring security is observed.
“Rwanda National Police is committed to facilitating you with all possible means and cooperating with you to ensure that we collectively keep the country safer,” he said.
Emmanuel Musangwamfura, the coordinator of the youth organization in Huye, expressed commitment to upholding the aims of the organization to eradicate all unlawful actions in their communities through strong partnership with police and information sharing.