Members of the Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Bugesera District have boosted their campaign against crimes through the use of social media to reach out to the masses.
On July 17, all the 15 sector coordinators of the youth organization held a meeting in which they were given basic knowledge on how to use social media especially Twitter, which they said will help them to reach out and attract more members in their pursuit to create safe and secure environment that facilitates development.
Jean Pierre Niyibizi, the coordinator of RYVCP in Bugesera thanked Rwanda National Police for supporting them to achieve their target.
There are 957 members of the youth organization in Bugesera.
RYVCP which currently has over 2,0 000 members countrywide, is composed of 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 social transformation by fighting and preventing crimes in partnership with police and local authorities.
“We held a meeting today of all coordinators of the 15 sectors to have the same understanding in our community policing responsibilities, expanding our presence down to the Village level, strengthen our partnership and information sharing with security organs and how to use social media to reach out to the masses,” said Niyibizi
“As coordinators at the sector level, they have been tasked to extend the message and skills in the use of social media to other members. We believe that social media will supplement our ground campaign in schools and communities and connect with the general population and influence behavioral change and ultimately be on the same page in campaigning for safety, peace and development.”
Meanwhile, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwitonze, the District Community Liaison Officer of Bugesera, while speaking to the youth volunteers, reminded the sector coordinators to stay focused adding that their choice as volunteers is a vital asset towards sustainable security.
Rwanda National Police (RNP), Society for Family Health (SFH) Rwanda and the Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing Organisation (RYVCPO) in May this year signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding to strengthen awareness in security and hygiene.
According to the agreement, both RNP and SFH Rwanda will, among others, reinforce the activities of youth volunteers, who will spearhead behavioral change in communities towards sustainable security, health and hygiene.
SFH Rwanda will, partly, avail its health and hygiene products and services to the youth including Interpersonal communication (IPC) sessions, promotional materials, to aid them in their awareness campaigns to ensure a crime free environment and healthy communities.
RYVCP has been central in the community policing campaign to fight and prevent crimes and their meeting today is in line with their commitment stipulated in the tripartite memorandum.
The youth organization intends to increase the number of members to at least one million in the next one year and create its structures down to the village level from the sector.
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