Rwanda National Police (RNP) said that cooperation with the general public will be key in sustaining security and focusing more in preventive measures this year.
The Police said that working with other entities to enhance the spirit of proactive policing and information sharing will play a bigger role as well.
While briefing the media, yesterday, RNP spokesperson Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, observed that the past year has been generally peaceful with significant reduction in crime and improved road security, which the force will build on especially against high impact crimes.
“The reduction in crimes is largely attributed to increased participation of the general public in sharing information, strengthened community night patrols and enhanced partnership with other groups such as youth volunteers, community policing committees, anti-crime and anti-drugs clubs, among others,” CP Kabera said.
According to CP Kabera, five fatal accidents were recorded in the festive period claiming four people.
Nineteen people were also arrested for drunk-driving in the festive period although majority accidents were due to over-speeding, bad maneuvers and other reckless driving behaviors, he said.
Road traffic accidents decreased by more than 20 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.
The reduction in accidents was also attributed to installation of speed governor in cargo and public service vehicles. The two categories of automobiles were in previous years the majority involved in fatal accidents.
CP Kabera said that crime prevention, improving road security and combating high impact crimes like drugs, corruption and engaging more in human security activities are among the major focus in this year.
“Police increased its operations and community awareness against psychotropic substances, and this year will be no different; the law against drugs was revised especially against big dealers and all these measures are aimed at breaking chains of supply and saving the young, the majority victims,” he said.
RNP established the Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) to spearhead the fight against drugs.
On road safety, the force, he said, will continue to revitalize its services by employing technology especially in driver’s license and mechanical inspection related services; work with other entities like RURA, insurance companies, transporters, drivers and motorcyclists groups as well as driving schools.
“As usual, partnership at all levels is key and we continue to call for increased vigilance and real time information sharing. The Police are there for the safety and security of the people, that’s why we call upon the general public to always report anything that can impede on their wellbeing,” CP Kabera said.