National and District coordinators of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) have committed full support in the forthcoming Police Week activities.
Police Week – an annual event, emphasize on the community-police partnership, crime prevention campaigns, supporting government programmes and social protection programmes, among others.
RYVCP made the commitment, on Wednesday, during their meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana held at RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
This year’s Police Week will be marked under the theme; “17 years of vibrant partnership in policing: towards sustainable safety and security.”
It is scheduled to run for one month from May 15 to June 15, and climaxed on ‘Police Day’ – June 16 – a day when the force will be marking its 17th anniversary.
During the meeting, the Police Chief hailed members of RYVCP for their partnership in ensuring public safety and further urged them to continue to play a significant role in the policing activities.
“Your effort in ensuring public safety is highly commendable; always use your networks to strengthen the community policing activities,” IGP Gasana said.
“Always aspire for innovation, teamwork and real time information sharing,” he added.
He went on to urge them to exploit all means of communication especially social media in engaging with the public to collectively ensure a safer Rwanda.
Among the human security activities during the police week include the distribution of Solar Home Systems (SHS) to 3000 households in remote areas, and 30 health centers across the country, which will be conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure; launch of the construction of a football pitch in Gasabo District, and holding several anti-crime awareness campaigns among others.
In his reaction, the national coordinator of RYVCP, Justus Kangwagye said that youth volunteers, countrywide, are ready to provide any necessary support in the Police Week activities mainly through enhanced anti-crime campaigns, and sustaining what has been achieved.
“As Police’s main partners, we have committed to go beyond just sensitization campaigns in the upcoming Police Week activities and ensure the solar panels that RNP will give out are well maintained,” he said.
He further pointed out that RYVCP, which currently has over 100, 000 members nationwide, has been involved in social protection programmes through proving support to the vulnerable groups as well as partnering with the country’s leadership and security organs in advancing public welfare.
The youth forum has also been actively involved in constructing and renovating houses for the underprivileged, environmental protection, awareness campaigns against crimes especially those that are said to be of high impact like illicit drugs, corruption, genocide ideology, gender based violence and child abuse, among others.
Victoire Umukundwa, one of RYVCP members, said: “RNP has registered tremendous milestones in advancing security for all Rwandans and we as youth volunteers we are proud of having been part of this journey and we will cease the opportunity to enhance our outreach and also showcase the importance of partnerships in crime detection and prevention, increase public awareness and responsibility of keeping our country safe.”