As part of the ongoing campaigns to raise awareness against crimes, the District Police Unit of Musanze, on October 10 extended its community policing activities to Groupe Scolaire Busogo where students formed two anti-crime clubs to drive the agenda against drug abuse and gender based violence.
The creation of the clubs followed a tutorial by the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO), Inspector of Police Viateur Ntiyamira, who emphasized the role and impact of the youth in combating drug related crimes.
The awareness campaign also tackled the issue of gender based violence, fighting human trafficking and radicalization.
In a tutorial to over 590 students, also attended by their teachers, IP Ntiyamira noted that illicit drugs are a threat to the young generation and fuels other crimes like domestic violence, wrecks families and causes assault, among others.
“Fighting abuse of illicit drugs should be given clear attention, because by doing so, we will be preventing many other crimes and malpractices it brings along,” IP Ntiyamira said.
Such anti-crime clubs, he said, are a clear meaning of partnership in community policing and a platform that informs and educates through discussions, and a forum to exchange ideas on contributing to safety and security.
The head-teacher of GS Busogo, Faustin Niyibizi, GS Busogo, thanked Rwanda National Police for empowering the young generation, adding that the message given to the students will not be in vain.
He added that creation of the two clubs gives the students a challenge and responsibility in fighting both gender based violence and illicit drugs, adding that the school will support the activities of the clubs to realize their goals.
The formation of the two clubs brought the total number to 118 in Musanze, with 21 of them created in the last three months. About 85 clubs constitute the youth in schools.
Fighting drug abuse through awareness and operations, is one of the priorities of Rwanda National Police.