Public playing vital role in crime prevention -Rwamurangwa
The implementation of the community policing committees has played a vital role in ensuring peace and security, Stephen Rwamurangwa, Mayor of Gasabo district has said.
With its settings where they involve the community while also working at grass root levels, the Mayor said that the committees have helped in curbing crimes.
â€œSecurity is one of the key aspects of life, without security we cannot achieve social economic development,â€ said the Mayor during a Media tour to Remera sector on Wednesday.
The tour was aimed at demonstrating efforts Rwanda National Police has taken towards ensuring peace and security. The tour is also part of the ongoing 84th session of the General Assembly of Interpol in Kigali.
Accordingly, the community Policing strategy is one of Rwandaâ€™s home grown solutions where communities are involved in solving local problems and to contribute to the enhancement of the overall quality of life in the communities.
The committees were established under the Ministerial decree No.02/07 of October 2007.
Some of the challenges the community policing committees undertake include drug abuse, negative ideologies, armed robbery, rape, domestic violence among other challenges.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Damas Gatare, commissioner for community policing said that the committees are able to ensure security of their communities while they are able to solve challenges without going to police.
â€œCommunity policing increases a sense of responsibility, whereby citizens understand their role in partnering with Police in solving crimes and other challenges,â€ he noted.
In a bid bolster the strategy Gasabo district together with contributions from citizens at the village level were able to purchase patrol vehicles for each sector that carry on time security surveillance.