As part of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) continuous countrywide awareness to further raise the bar in detecting, fighting and preventing crimes, police officers in Nyabihu District reach out to students of GS Gitebe in Mulinga Sector on August 18 and introduced them on the proactive concept of community policing.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Ariane Muhorakeye, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Nyabihu, while interacting with the students, explained to them that community policing is a tool that empowers them to work with security organs and police in particular to fight and prevent anything that can impede on the people’s wellbeing in their respective communities.
“It means that you are also empowered to report anyone you notice doing illegal or criminal activities. It is your role and right to champion sustainable safety, security and ultimately development,” AIP Muhorakeye said.
“Security organs require partnership in policing and that’s why community policing committees, Irondo, neighbourhood watch and many others were created to work to coordinate community activities of promoting safety and security through timely information sharing.”
The Community Policing strategy developed by Rwanda National Police to effectively fulfill its duties brings the public in solving localized problems and make specific improvements that enhance the overall quality of life in their localities.
Community policing increases a sense of responsibility for personal safety and problem solving among citizens and shifts from a predominantly reactive response to service calls, to proactive problem solving and increases effectiveness at resolving community-wide problems.
She further challenged them to stay away from anything illegal including abusing drugs, support policing activities by partnering with the police by providing information on suspected wrongdoers.
The headmaster of the school, James Karangwa thanked police for enlightening the students on positive living and crime prevention, adding that the school will take on the mantle to further engage the students to be catalysts of safety and security.
The students also pledged to fight drug abuse, one of the common crime among the young generation.