The District Police Unit (DPU) of Burera, on August 2, held a meeting with over 700 residents of Cyanika Sector to discuss community policing ways and means to resolve the preverance of domestic conflicts and strengthen partnership in crime prevention in general.
The meeting was attended by 60 families which were identified in Cyanika to be facing internal disputes. The conflict-ridden couples and families also attended the meeting, which resolved all their issues and reunited them.
Supt. Dieudonne Rwangombwa, the District Police Commander (DPC) of Burera, who presided over the meeting, emphasised the need for harmony and togetherness between couples, families and neighbouring homes as partly a crime prevention strategy to promote safety, security and development.
He further called for strong cooperation between police and the residents through timely information sharing on families experincing domestic wrangles to help address their differences before they turn violent.
“The consequences of domestic violence or conflicts are severe, if they are not addressed the affected sometimes end up taking matters in their own hands, which is a crime itself,” Supt. Rwangombwa said.
“Police, leaders and other legal services including mediators are there for you, use them in case you cant resolve your internal issues amicably.”
The DPC also urged them to actively take part in community policing activities to fight crimes like trafficking, making and consumption of illicit drugs and narcotics.
The vice mayor of Burera in charge of social affairs, Jean Baptiste Habyarimana echoed the same message adding that security and safety lies in the responsibilities of the citizens as well.
He appealed to them to take part and value the parent’s evening commonly known as ‘Umugoroba w’ababyeyi,’ a community platform where issues affecting families and communities are discussed and addressed.
One of the residents, who attended the meeting, Felicien Bariyanga thanked Rwanda National Police for the message and appealed to community members to task themselves to be agents of security and peace in their areas.
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