400 Youth Volunteers begin training in crime prevention

12:30 PM 2016

The fourth intake of 400 members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP), yesterday began a week-long training on crime prevention at National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.

The training that falls within the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between RYVCP and Rwanda National Police (RNP) was presided over by the National Coordinator of youth volunteers, Justus Kangwagye.

The training was organised by RNP in partnership with the National Itorero Commission.

“Serving a nation requires commitment and dedication which is the main reason you are here. You left your homes and jobs to come here because you are dedicated to serving your nation – it’s the right choice and the right path of life you chose,” Kangwagye said.

He went on to say that one of the ambitions of RYVCP is to take Rwanda to another level in terms of public safety.

“You should always reflect on the fact that this country was liberated by men and women who had limited resources. They were driven by the fact that they believe in what they stood up for and achieved it. You should as well be as courageous as our liberators. You are in a position of achieving anything you want if you are committed to it,” he added.

Marie-Claire Uwamariya, the vice mayor of Musanze District in charge of social affairs, who also attended the official opening, pointed out that such training serves interests of the nation.

“Upon completion of this training, you will have a uniform understanding of the security situation and your role in preserving it,” she said.

One of the trainees, Jean Damascene Mudahemuka said: “We are proud of the fact that we are going to acquire knowledge that will help us understand how we can collectively contribute to safety of our nation and how to cooperate with security organs.”

During the training, members of RYVCP will be equipped with knowledge on several issues ranging from social, political, historical and economic affairs of Rwanda.

The training comes three months after RYVCP held their first ever national congress as it seeks to increase its member population to one million in the next one year, up from 20, 000 currently.

RYVCP that is composed of secondary and university students, and those who have so far graduated, was created in 2013 by the youth themselves with an aim of contributing to the social transformation by fighting and preventing crimes in partnership with police and local authorities.


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