Four school anti-crime clubs created in Kicukiro
The clubs were formed separately on Monday and Tuesday in Nyanza, Gatenga I, Samuduha Integrated College (SICO) and EFOTEC in Kanombe. At SICO, Tuyisenge Nkusi, who was elected to head the club said: “Today marks a formal beginning for our active role in community policing and fighting abuse of illicit drugs either within our school or where we live.” “As the youth, we have to use all the energy to fight anything unlawful that can destabilize the security we enjoy today, and narcotic drugs and other illicit substances remains among them, but the worst part is that we are the main victims and we should take the lead to fight them,” Tuyisenge added.
David Rurangwa, the director of SICO, pledged the school’s necessary support for the club to realize its targets. “We believe this club will be a force to instill discipline among the students, show them the right path and influence behavior change,” Rurangwa, who appealed them to work with the police in community policing activities, said. In Gatenga, Olivier Mutangana was elected to coordinate the club’s community policing activities. Mutangana observed that as students, they are studying to be “people of value” to our families, communities and the country in general.”
“Only when we desist from anything illegal and staying focus to our education we will succeed,” Mutangana said. Inspector of Police (IP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Kicukiro, who attended the events in all the four schools, thanked the students and the school administration for taking a step further to partner with police to raise awareness against crimes. He urged them to always share timely information with police and utilize the available communication facilities, to report anything illegal in their respective neighborhoods.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) currently has nine toll-free lines on top of other communication channels like phone contacts, online reporting system and social media, which provide platforms for information flow feedback and spontaneous responses. The RNP emergency contacts are; 3512 for Anti-GBV; 3029 for Isange One Stop Centre; 116 Child-Help-Line; 112 emergency; 111 for Fire and Rescue Brigade; 113 ( Road Traffic Issues); 110 Marine; 997 for Anti-Corruption; and 3511 (complaint against police officer). This brings the number of anti- crime clubs in Kicukiro District alone, to 21. Countrywide, there are about 850 anti-crime clubs in schools and motorcycle cooperatives.