Rubavu: Youth crime preventers streamline community policing activities

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 8 February 2017 saa 02:54
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Members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Rubavu District have resolved to strengthen their efforts safety and development activities in the district.

The decision was reached at the end of the one-day meeting of all coordinators of the twelve sectors of Rubavu, held recently to review the activities and performance of the youth volunteers as per the set targets.

The meeting adopted a five-point roadmap including streamlining partnership with security organs and local leaders to ensure successful implementation of security and development programmes; mass mobilization for more youth members, and effective performance of committees.

Present was also the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO), Inspector of Police (IP) Solange Nyiraneza, and the district coordinator of RYVCP, Jean Bosco Rwibasira.

Out of over 102000 members of the youth volunteers’ organization countrywide, over 19800 are in Rubavu.

The meeting also emphasized effective use of police communication channels for real time information sharing, active participation in human security activities like Umuganda and supporting vulnerable families partly through providing them shelter; fronting the ideal of Pan African Movement (PAM-Rwanda).

Pan African Movement-Rwanda, which was officially launched in the country in 2015, has the support of the Government with President Paul Kagame as its patron.

The movement advocates for unity of Africans, advocates for gender equality and fighting gender based violence, among others.

“It is both having the bigger number of members but who are also committed to the general cause of implementing all policies and programmes towards security and development,” Rwibasira said.

“With now leadership structures at the district, sector and cell levels, the target is to have at least 3000 members in each of the 12 sectors (36, 000) in Rubavu,” he added.

Currently, all coordinators and members of executive committees at the district level were availed with easy means of communication with the police while the force also runs at least nine toll-free lines.

They include 116 for Child-Help-Line, 3512 for GBV, 110 (Maritime); 111 (Fire and Rescue Brigade); 112 (Emergency); 113 (traffic accident); 997 (corruption); 3511 for abuse by police officers; 3029 for Isange One Stop Centre.

“We are going to work together to ensure that each and every members is defined by Rwandan values, and strengthen our outreach programmes in community gatherings and in home visits,” Rwibasira explained.

Also on their agenda is environmental protection.

During their recent special Umuganda, the youth volunteers in Rubavu conducted various activities that were valued at about Rwf3 million. They included renovating houses for the vulnerable families and roads that connects different villages in Kanama Sector.

The Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing include secondary and university students, and those who have so far graduated. It was created in 2013 by the youth themselves with an aim of contributing to the socio-transformation by fighting and preventing crimes in partnership with police and local authorities.


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