November 30, 2020

Community policing shifts to address high impact crimes in Musanze

Addressing high impact crimes has taken the centre of discussion and implementation in Musanze District, with anti-crime clubs in communities and schools now shifting to address issues related to drug abuse and gender based violence.

On October 29, students of GS Notre Dame Rwaza followed in the footsteps of other schools to also form two anti-crime clubs dedicated to raising awareness and fighting against the two vices classified under high impact crimes.

According to Inspector of Police (IP) Viateur Ntiyamira, who presided over the exercise to create the two community policing clubs, drug abuse and GBV remain among the common crimes in Musanze, which requires close and collective response through continued awareness, debates in schools and real time information exchange on drug abuser and dealer, conflict-ridden families, a crucial part such anti-crime clubs continue to play.

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Currently, there are 116 anti-crime clubs in Musanze including 60 in communities, 53 in schools while two others made up of women are dedicated to fighting child abuse and protecting the rights of children.

At least 114 clubs are dedicated to fighting drug abuse and gender based violence and more than 1500 anti-crime clubs have been formed across the country.

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Speaking at GS Notre Dame Rwaza, IP Ntiyamira took time to sensitize the students on fighting GBV, human trafficking and the status and ill-effects of abusing illicit drugs, among others.

“You are studying to have a better future, a future this country desires towards sustainable development; that will be impossible if you indulge in abusing drugs,” IP Ntiyamira said.

He lauded the students for taking a step to join efforts to combat high impact crimes and pledged support to realize their desired targets.

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“We look at such forums as vital platforms against security challenges like drug abuse, which are the major source other crimes like assault, domestic conflicts and child abuse,” he noted.

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