[PHOTOS]: Western Province: Governor calls for strong partnership to crime free villages
The Governor of the Western Province Alphonse Munyentwari has reiterated that crime free communities are achievable when concerted efforts are applied to own and collectively implement community policing methods.
Governor Munyentwari made the remarks on Tuesday at the inauguration of a village office of Mituga in Rugendabari Cell, Hindiro Sector of Ngororero District.
The fully equipped village office with a television set was constructed by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in the ongoing Police Week to mark its 18th anniversary.
Similar facility will be constructed in at least one identified crime-free village in each of the 30 districts across the country.
The Governor, who was flanked by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, said that the exemplary community policing concept applied by the residents of Mituga defines how people and local leaders in other villages should work together to make their communities safe and secure.
“We have seen that making our communities crime-free is possible, it doesn’t require resources but commitment of everyone to be an eye and ear for the neighbor, and share information with security organs on anything suspicious,” the Governor said.
He urged them to put the office to good use to address security and development matters for their wellbeing.
DIGP Marizamunda hailed the contribution of the community towards safety and security.
He underlined that the new offices should be used in the direction of improving public services and security to enlist the participation of communities they serve, which enhances their ability to work together.
“We have the capacity to make our communities safer; it requires patriotism and partnership between the people, leaders and law enforcement agencies to improve and sustain peace, security and development,” DIGP Marizamunda said.
This year’s anniversary activities are held under the theme: “18 Years of Partnership in Policing: Towards a Crime-free Village.”
It focused on raising awareness on high impact crimes of gender based violence and child abuse, human trafficking, drug trafficking and abuse and corruption, among others.