Rwanda National Police has launched a five-year crime reduction strategy, a campaign aimed at ensuring sustainable safety and security.
On Sunday, the Police High Council- a supreme organ of Rwanda National Police (RNP) confirmed the new strategy during its quarterly meeting.
For the next five years, Police says it will scale up community awareness campaigns, joint operations against high impact crime, timely information flow, reducing youth delinquency, preventing injustices and promoting road safety, among others.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye told the council that the campaign will “cement the ideal of crime prevention as the only choice and responsibility for every Rwandan.”
“Committing a criminal is a bad choice that has far reaching to security, law and order, health and the overall social wellbeing of the people. All these will be at the centre stage of this campaign,” Minister Busingye said.
According to the minister, Rwanda National Police has from its inception in 2000 registered policing strides in crime reduction and prevention, gaining confidence and trust among the people, strengthening partnership with various stakeholders, improving road safety, and fostering capacity and capability of the force
“These are among many achievements that we will build on to make this strategy a reality in the next five years,” Minister Busingye said.
“The fact that the entire world is currently facing security challenges that are becoming sophisticated in nature largely due technological advancement, this should challenge us to always review and advance our strategies to keep up with the policing demands,” Minister Busingye said.
Meanwhile, the Council took a number of resolutions among which is to refocus the training curriculum in accordance with new RNP mission following the recent reforms that saw the establishment of Rwanda Investigation Bureau and the Rwanda Forensic Laboratory.