At least 175 members of community policing committees (CPC) of Nyabirasi sector in Rutsiro District held a meeting yesterday to harness and forge strong collaboration in policing activities.
The meeting mainly focused on bridging the gaps that facilitate wrongdoers like drug dealers and thieves, and to remind themselves of their policing roles to further promote safety and security in the area.
Specifically, they looked at the concept of community policing, values that define a CPC member, the role of the residents in identifying, fighting, reporting and preventing crime; environmental protection; partnership with other entities like police; and promoting sanitation and hygiene.
The discussions were facilitated by the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Rutsiro, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Jean Bosco Mugenzi, alongside the executive secretary of Nyabirasi sector, Zachee Ruvugwa.
“No one can under-estimate the impact CPCs play in driving the concept of proactive policing, but we can jointly do more if you work with the people, identify and report anything that is against the law or affects the security and social lives of the people,” AIP Mugenzi said.
He urged them to focus much on high impact crimes like illicit drugs, domestic and gender based violence, child abuse, and report leaders and people, who solicit bribes and undermine government development projects.