Over 1500 members of Community Policing Committees (CPCs) from seven districts have been equipped with more policing skills as Rwanda National Police (RNP) continues to build and strengthen strategies in crime prevention.
The training held on March 20 and 21, benefited the policing partners of Ngoma, Kirehe, Bugesera, Rwamagana, Gasabo, Nyanza and Kayonza districts.
The training focused on, among others, the role of CPCs in ensuring safety and security, their partnership with security organs, the people and other entities; values of a CPC member, patriotism, and the role of every Rwanda in fighting and preventing crime.
Others include sanitation and hygiene, environmental protection, human rights, preventing domestic conflicts, gender based violence and child abuse, and corruption.
In Nyanza, Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Baptiste Bizimana, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) emphasized the importance of real time information in response to prevention of crime.
“Don’t wait for a crime to occur. In most cases, there are signs like when a family has internal conflicts. In such as case, if not reported to resolve the issues, they are likely to become violent,” he said.
In Rwamagana, IP Albert Kayinamura, while speaking to CPCs of Karenge, reminded them to be exemplary in their policing activities as one way of winning the heart and partnership of the residents.
Similar messages were also delivered in other districts, with a call for the CPCs to focus more on crime prevention rather than dealing with the consequences.