[PHOTOS]: Police commends ‘public ownership’ for improved safety and security
On Wednesday October 3, Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) released the 5th edition of the ‘Rwanda Governance Scorecard (RGS)’ report ranking safety and security as the best performing pillar in governance scoring 94.97 percent. It was also ranked the most improved pillar with 4 percent.
The 2018 RGS also highlights that all the four indicators of safety and security are among the top seven best performing indicators with the score of over 90 percent.
The indicators include maintaining security with 95.24 percent; national security with 98.80 percent; personal and property safety with 91.87 percent and reconciliation, social cohesion and unity 93.95 percent.
The report states in part that “the pillar on Safety and Security continues to lead in performance since the creation of RGS in 2010. Given the country’s history, security remains of a paramount factor in Rwanda's sustainable transformation.”
Police officers constructing a Village office for one of the identified crime-free village.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rose Muhisoni, the commissioner for Community Policing in Rwanda National Police (RNP), the trust people have in their security organs and Police in particular is defined by ideology of people-centred policing.
“One of the best ways to serve the people is to empower them to own and be custodians of the system, and this is why as RNP we prioritize the proactive ideology of community policing as the best way of connecting with the people not only in safety and security matters but also in improving their social welfare,” ACP Muhisoni said.
She also commended all the community policing groups and Rwandans in general for their role in the overall human security aspects, which she attributed to the “continuous decline in crimes and improvement of safety and security.”
“Today, we have over 140, 000 members of community policing committees across the country, 260, 000 members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing, over 2000 anti-crime clubs; Irondo (community night patrols) in each of the 14 837 Villages in the country; anti-crime ambassadors (artistes and journalists); Police ambassadors composed mainly of policymakers and implementers including senior government officials, private sector and faith-based organizations.”
Community Policing Committees drive the ideology of people-centres policing at the grassroots level.
“We also signed MoUs with all the 30 districts to partner in all community policing and development aspects; we also have an agreement with Ombudsman Office and Transparency International to work together particularly in fighting corruption and injustices. All these and many other groups have been instrumental in matters of security… anti-crime awareness, reporting and prevention crime in particular, and cementing the working relations, holding their Police accountable, thus earning their trust,” she observed.
During the 2017 and 2018 activities to mark the RNP 17th and 18th anniversary, respectively, the force engaged in various community development activities valued at over Rwf500 million. These include connecting about 6500 households and health centres that far from the national grid with solar energy, and constructed five fully equipped village offices—one identified crime-free village in each province.
Others include paying medical insurance, construction of two playgrounds worth Rwf53.8 million in Gasabo and Gatsibo, fighting armyworms, constructed 150 toilets worth over Rwf23 million, tree planting and extension of clean tap water to over 600 households in Gasabo, Burera, Kirehe, Rwamagana, Rutsiro and Nyamagabe districts.
Police officers creating a road connecting communities during 'Police Week' 2017.
Early this week, Rwandan Police and military peacekeepers in Central African Republic (CAR) alongside the Diaspora in this country contributed Rwf6 million to cater for medical insurance of about 2000 members of the disadvantaged families in Huye District.
“Community policing falls under the national strategy of deepening partnership at all levels and the public in general towards the common cause in security and development,” ACP Muhisoni said.
The 4th resolution of the 13th National Dialogue of December 2015, demands deepened citizen participation in planning, monitoring, and implementation of development programmes.
ACP Muhisoni said community policing and human security activities in particular, are also in line with implementation of these government recommendations to ensure effective engagement between the police and the citizens, be accountable to them build trust, and empower them to be part in their own security and development issues.