Nyaruguru: Community policing committees urged to enhance COVID-19 and crime prevention measures

On 13 March 2021 at 08:06

The Mayor of Nyaruguru District, Francois Habitegeko has challenged members of Community Policing Committees (CPCs) in the district to enhance activities aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and fight lawlessness.

The mayor made the call on Thursday, March 11, while addressing over 20 members of CPCs from the sectors of Kibeho, Munini, Cyahinda, Muganza, Busanze and Buheru.

This was at the start of a two-day training organized by Rwanda National Police (RNP) to enlighten them on community Policing.

He commended Rwanda National Police for its continued efforts to empower the people to own their security and to support them in human security activities to improve their livelihoods.

"I thank RNP for this community policing training. This emphasizes your important role towards sustainable security by working with the people to identify and report anything that can cause insecurity," said mayor Habitegeko.

He further urged them to work with security organs and other government entities in enforcing the National directives against the spread of Covid-19 through awareness on health and hygiene practices.

The mayor further asked them to avoid bad practices such as drunkenness and warned them against any form of corruption.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rose Muhisoni, the Deputy Commissioner for Community Policing in RNP reminded the CPCs about their role in enhancing the ideology of people centred policing in their villages and cells, but also to take into account the current situation of COVID-19 where their role is crucial in behavioural change and compliance with prevention measures.

"You are the first responders to guide people in your respective communities to identify, report, fight and prevent pressing security issues like child abuse, including defilement and child pregnancy, gender based violence and drug related crimes," ACP Muhisoni told the CPCs.

Participants thanked RNP for organizing the training and pledged continued partnership to strengthen the ideals of community policing and crime prevention in particular.