The force also appealed to the general public to enjoy in the usual peaceful manner without disrupting beliefs and celebrations of other people.
While opening a periodic Police-media interaction, on Wednesday, aimed at strengthening partnerships for quality service delivery, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, said “Police value the contribution of the media in informing and educating the public on security related matters.”
The periodic session brings together the Police and media practitioners to discuss issues pertaining security and partnership with the media in policing.
Police Chief said the safety, security and peace that people in Rwanda enjoy today will continue to be fostered in partnership with the general public and the media in particular to jointly raise awareness and fight any threat to the wellbeing of the people.
“There are individuals that look at such festivities as an opportunity to engage in criminal acts like stealing or taking advantage of unsuspecting people for their valuables,” IGP Gasana said, calling for usual vigilance and real time information sharing on any suspected wrongdoers.
He reminded parents to monitor and guide their children especially minors as they celebrate and prevent them from engaging into malpractices like abusing alcoholic beverages and going into entertainment spots, which is prohibited by law.
“As various security operations continue to be conducted as usual, citizens are required to be involved and continue working with the Police by reporting any suspicious behavior that might require targeted checks,” IGP Gasana added.
He further advised people to drink and enjoy responsibly while avoiding engaging in violence like fighting to ensure a peaceful and crime-free festive season.
Presenting on the state of road safety in the country, the Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety department, Commissioner of Police (CP) George Rumanzi, cautioned motorists against drunk-driving, speeding, recklessness and bad maneuvers, which are most common during the festive season, and at times, causing fatal accidents.