Rwanda National Police Community Policing
Rwanda National Police launches Community Policing Week
The Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, launched the Community Policing (CP) Week as the force moves further to engage the general population in fighting and preventing crimes.
The week-long exercise, which is held every year, comes at the time when the police-public partnership, which started more than a decade ago, is paying off in cracking down on criminals and has created safety and security in communities.
The Community Policing strategy developed by Rwanda National Police to effectively fulfill its duties brings the public in solving localized problems and make specific improvements that enhance the overall quality of life in their localities.
Community policing increases a sense of responsibility for personal safety and problem solving among citizens and shifts from a predominantly reactive response to service calls, to proactive problem solving and increases effectiveness at resolving community-wide problems.
The Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana, who presided over the launch held at the police headquarters in Kacyiru, hailed Rwanda National Police for living up to its mission, as “entailed in the constitution.”
“This indicates how accountable you [RNP] are to the people you are constitutionally mandated to protect and particularly reminding and engaging them further in the campaign to ensure the safety and security in their neighbourhoods,” the Minister stated.
He added: “The safety of the community is the safety of the nation. If there is no security in communities, then the country is not secure.”
He noted that the role of the population in ensuring their safety and security is portrayed in many ways like when pupils and students act as traffic personnel to guide their colleagues to cross the road, anti-crime clubs in schools and night patrols.
The Minister thanked all partners, especially One-UN-Rwanda for its support in fighting and preventing crimes.
“We will not tilt on this good partnership, and together, we will move this nation to another level,” he noted.
Mr. Lamin M. Manneh, the One-UN-Rwanda Resident Coordinator describe the community Policing strategy as “innovative” and a means to combating crimes in Rwanda.
“We have been working with Rwanda National Police in various policing fields, especially in combating GBV. What we hear is just a tip of iceberg. This is therefore a good strategy to effectively deal with such crimes by involving the general public,” Mr. Lamin said.
Supt. Theos Badege, the Commissioner for Public Relations and Community Policing (PR&CP) department, noted that Community Policing has strengthened the sway in crime prevention and narrowed the police-public ratio gap.
Currently, the police-public ratio is 1-1000.
Supt. Badege outlined drug related crimes, theft, assault, defilement and counterfeit as major crimes committed in the country.
Family conflicts, he said, are the major causes of domestic and gender based violence while domestic tools such as machetes, hoes account for about 80 percent of the tools used in committing crimes.
“These crimes affect the safety and security of the population and their property,” said Supt. Badege.
Despite various criminal acts reported in 2012, Rwanda National Police, he said, managed to break criminal rings and apprehended prime suspects.
The nationwide awareness exercise will see ant-drug and alcohol campaigns held in schools and in youth associations through various means including media outlets and talk shows, and destruction of seized drugs.
Other activities expected in the course of the week include ant-GBV and domestic violence campaigns where peer families, police and local authorities will visit identified affected families, ant-environmental degradation exercises which will also include collecting plastic bags, ant-fire outbreak, corruption and road safety campaigns.
With approximately seven road traffic accidents registered daily in the whole country, in which one person dies, most of them are caused by carelessness, reckless driving, over speeding, mechanical faults and driving while drunk.
Present at the launch of the exercise was also the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, the State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Matheus Harebamungu, the State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government, Alvera Mukabaramba and the Mayor of Kigali, Fidele Ndayisaba, among others.