Over 130 representatives of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Rutsiro District have been reminded that they have bigger role to play in shaping the destiny of their country and challenged to ensure security as a backbone for sustainable development.
The call was made by the District Mayor Emerance Ayinkamiye, in a meeting held on November 21.
It was also attended by Supt. Rene Irere, the director of Political and Civic Education in Rwanda National Police.
Mayor Ayinkamiye hailed the youth volunteers for their contribution in crime prevention and urged them to enhance their outreach activities by being more vigilant so as to achieve their ultimate goal of having a crime-free Rwanda.
“You can only achieve your goal of ensuring public safety through community policing; you have to always remind the public that ensuring security begins with an individual,” she said.
Supt. Irere also emphasized the ambition of having a crime free society which requires “enhanced partnership with other stakeholders and the residents to ensure that you are always ahead of crime.”
“Rwanda National Police is committed to facilitating you with all possible means and cooperating with you to ensure that we collectively keep our country safer,” he said.
Jean Bosco Mutangana, the head of trainings at RYVCP challenged the members to be characterized by hard work, commitment and patriotism at all time.
There are over 50, 000 members of RYVCP in the country currently.
The organization that is made up of high school students, university undergraduates, teachers and many young professionals countrywide, support communities by carrying out crime prevention awareness programmes in schools and communities against drug abuse, corruption ’ gender and domestic violence, among others.
Community-oriented policing is a strategy adopted by RNP that focuses on building ties and working closely with members of the communities to overcome crime in their localities.