Nyanza: CPCs, youth volunteers forge partnership against crime

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On 20 November 2016 saa 12:13
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Members of Community Policing Committee (CPC) and Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Muyira Sector, Nyanza District met on November 17 to forge a strong partnership in fronting the ideal of crime prevention.

According to Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Baptiste Bizimana, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Nyanza, the meeting was meant to harmonise their understanding on the concept of community policing.

“This is basically a training that will be extended to all members of the two groups in all the…sectors of Nyanza, specifically on the concept of community policing, why it was introduced and the role of the youth in crime detection and prevention,” IP Bizimana said.

“We also intend to establish committees of youth volunteers in all cells in the district to reinforce their anti-crime awareness and prevention activities,” he added.

The membership of the youth organization has more than doubled in the last one month alone to over 51, 500.

Similar mobilization programmes are underway across the country as part of the effort to reach the set target of one million members by the end of 2017.

The youth organisation’s main objective is to be the community policing force through awareness and supporting human security activities as entailed in separate memorandums of understanding with Rwanda National Police and Society for Family Health (SFH-Rwanda).

The MoU between RNP and RYVCP binds the two parties to particularly partner in crime prevention strategies, community work – Umuganda - environmental protection and preventing environmental crimes; promote health, hygiene and sanitation and information exchange on crime, among others.

Under the partnership with SFH-Rwanda which primarily focuses on public health, the youth organization, partly, contributes to behavioral change among the youth and communities for sustainable health, safe and crime free environment.