The District Police Unit (DPU) of Kirehe in partnership with local leaders have embarked on joint efforts through sports activities to raise awareness and prevent the youth from engaging in drug related crimes.
The approach believed, not only keep youth busy, but also brings them together with the Police and grassroots leaders to discuss ways and means through which they can jointly strengthen the fight against the vice, and ill-effects associated with abusing illicit drugs.
In the anti-drugs tournament organized by the DPU and district local leaders, Gatore FC beat KORIMO FC 4-2 in the finals played over the weekend.
The District Police Commander, Supt. James Rutaremara, while addressing the youth shortly after the match, said that attitude change, skills development and self-esteem can be realized through sports.
“Sports reduces stress, brings people together for the good course and a great community policing tool. This spirit exhibited in football should be the same spirit that should be showcased when fighting the scourge of drug trafficking and abuse,” Supt. Rutaremara said.
Football in particular, he said, is a great factor in developing social skills such as communication, conflict management and working effectively with others toward a common goal.
SP Rutaremara informed them that Rwanda National Police (RNP) is continuously engaged in sensitizing masses throughout the country, with football being one of the means through which the message of community policing is delivered.
He urged them to give community policing initiatives like community night patrols – Irondo – neighbourhood watch and working with the police and local leaders by proving information on drug dealers and criminals in general which he said will create a concrete wall against all sorts of crimes.
Frank Mugabo, the director of health in Kirehe, thanked the youth for the big turn up and urged them to work with the police both in developing sports, healthy bodies and security.