The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda has hailed the role local artistes and the media fraternity plays in informing and sensitizing Rwandans on “responsible and inclusive policing.”
The Deputy Police Chief made the remarks on March 29 while officially opening a one day consultative workshop of artistes and media practitioners organized under their forum – Anti-crime Ambassadors – held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
The workshop aimed at strengthening cooperation and collaboration in policing as streamlined under the existing agreement between RNP and Anti-crime Ambassadors.
The forum consists of over 30 members, who include musicians, comedians, gospel singers, movie actors, producers and journalists.
DIGP Marizamunda thanked them for using their talents and professions to raise awareness against crimes, and supporting the police efforts to ensure safety, security and respect to the rule of law.
“Police values your contribution in anti-crime awareness, and believe that if this partnership is sustained, the end results will be enormous, and this workshop will draw a common roadmap and understanding towards that line,” the Deputy IGP said.
“A collective understanding, approach and voice, is what community policing means to ensure that our country remains safe from all sorts of crime… for the social wellbeing of the people and an ingredient to sustainable development,” he added.
“Your talents are both tools for transformation and development; continue to use your celebrity platforms to spread messages of peace and security, for without which you cannot hold music concerts and other personal development activities.”
The artistes and media practitioners pledged to utilize community policing methods to raise awareness about the dangers of crime.
Emery Gatsinzi known by stage name Riderman noted that it was high time young people shun the habit of drug abuse and excessive alcoholism.
“I urge all my supporters and all Rwandans, especially the youth who are the majority involved, to desist from abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol. These drugs are both illegal and criminal, but they are also harmful to users. We are lucky to have a country that values our wellbeing, which we shouldn’t take lightly,” Riderman said.
Another musician Muyombo Thomas alias Tom Close, said: “Avoid crime to avoid prison and enjoy life.”
Anita Pendo, a radio and TV presenter at Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) pledged to utilize her shows and other platforms to “warn and advise people on the dangers of crime and everyone’s responsibility in policing and ensuring safety of their neighbourhoods.”
Last week, the group engaged residents of Nyarugenge Sector in Nyarugenge District in fighting drug abuse, and reporting drug dealers.
The partnership between RNP and the Anti-crime ambassadors focuses on crime prevention, raising awareness against drug-related crimes, human trafficking, radicalisation, gender based violence and child abuse.
Other areas of partnership include promoting community policing initiatives of real time information on anti criminal activities, neighbourhood watch activities, environmental protection, protection and promotion of the rights of vulnerable groups, and active involvement in government development programmes.