Rwanda National Police (RNP) launched a month-long outreach activities on Monday to support community development and harness the ideology of community policing towards crime prevention.
The countrywide activities conducted under the auspice of the ‘Police Month’ rolled out the construction of 30 houses for the less privileged families and six village offices, in different parts of the country, all lit with solar energy.
The four-bedroom residential houses will also have quarters with a modern kitchen while a village office will have a large meeting room, village chief office, security room and will be connected with television set and a satellite decoder.
Also rolled out is the installation of solar energy to 3000 houses with solar energy as well as medical insurance coverage for 3000 disadvantaged people across the country.
The Police Month is held under the theme: “19 years of partnership in polincing towards sustainable safety and better livelihood for communities.”
While addressing thousands of residents in Mageragere Sector, Nyarugenge District, the Minister of Youth Rosemary Mbabazi said that community policing has remarkable impacts on national development.
“We have witnessed many changes in the last 19 years of partnership in policing; crime reduction and socio-economic development,” Minister Mbabazi said.
She noted that police can’t work alone and every Rwandan has a duty to report any wrongdoers.
“Drug dealers and gender based violence are crimes committed in your neighbourhoods, don’t keep quiet, report such people and strive to make your village free from crimes,” Minister Mbabazi told residents.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza said the strong partnership between Police and the public is the foundation for crime-free villages, safety and security the country enjoys today.
“We need to enhance this partnership for the betterment of our communities,” IGP Munyuza said.
The Police Chief emphasized the public responsiveness against illicit drugs, gender based violence, corruption, child pregnancy and human trafficking, among others.