The Rwanda National Police (RNP) peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) held a meeting with local leaders of Arrondissement 8 as they introduced the concept of community policing to partner in ensuring safety and security of the residents.
The meeting held on November 20, was organized by the RNP Protection Support Unit Two (PSU2) and MINUSCA Formed Police Unit (FPU) coordination office.
Arrondissement 8 in the capital Bangui, which accommodates the camp base of Rwandan police peacekeepers, is among the areas with high level of crimes including theft, assault and abuse of drugs.
It is also one of the hotspots where many residents own firearms illegally.
The meeting, therefore, discussed ways of building good working relations between the peacekeepers and the residents to jointly improve safety and security, and their wellbeing.
While addressing the grassroots leaders, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Barthelemy Rugwizangoga, the commander of PSU, noted that “peacekeepers are here for the safety and good of the citizens,” which also requires full involvement of the residents.
“Rwandan peacekeepers and MINUSCA in general, are here for your peace and safety, to support your country in the transformation process and protect the rights of every citizen,” ACP Rugwizangoga said.
“The effectiveness of this requires strong partnership between the peacekeepers and the residents especially exchanging information on the anything that can affect your wellbeing, for immediate and effective response,” he added.
The local leaders expressed their appreciation for the role played by Rwandan police peacekeepers in the area, noting that inviting and engaging them in security matters illustrates their strong will to serve and empower the people.
The local leaders where are advised to initiate measures of ensuring their community safety by identifying residents with integrity, to conduct night patrols.
They pledged to be part of policing and peacekeeping activities.
The local leaders noted that one of the challenges they currently face in house break-in.
Suzan Arina, who represented MINUSCA FPU leadership, pledged to be their ambassador in voicing their security concerns to relevant authorities.
Arina gave them telephone contacts to call in case they are faced with security challenges, for quick response.
Concerning their wellbeing, Arina urged them to organize themselves in associations and cooperatives, pledging the be their voice to get support in their development projects.
The leaders requested for frequent similar meetings, which they said that they will serve as effective platform to iron out some of their concerns and promote the image of the MINUSCA.
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This is a good idea that Police officers in mission have had, their teamwork is bearing fruits, even where they introduce community Policing to Central African Local leaders. How these people should participate in ensuring security issues, where they have to share information of people who disturb their security. We thank our Police to organize such meeting. This show collaboration and partnership between our Police and people which is the key in community policing.