The Governor of the Eastern Province, Judith Kazaire has urged security organs to sustain and further improve on the current security in the region. The Governor made the remarks recently while presiding over a provincial security meeting held in Rwamagana District, to review the security situation.
She further noted that effective public safety and security requires “inclusiveness” and urged them to work and involve the residents.
It brought together all security entities including Rwanda National Police, District Administrative Security Support organ (DASSO), and Community Policing Committees (CPCs).
Governor Kazaire noted that community policing has registered tremendous success mainly in detection, and prevention crime.
She, however, said that each district has its unique security concerns, and should therefore have unique approaches.
The Eastern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dismas Rutaganira, while outlining the security status, said that the existing crimes are isolated citing the example of illicit drugs abuse and recent cases of cattle theft, especially in the districts of Nyagatare, Gatsibo and Kayonza.
“The province also recorded cases of road traffic accidents largely caused by transit trucks, and assault attributed to abuse of psychotropic substances,” ACP Rutagerura said.
He, however, pointed out that several measures have been taken against such crimes which include public sensitization through community policing and neighborhood watch, and strengthened operations.
The meeting also resolved to strengthen awareness campaigns against human trafficking, and enhancing operations to break chains of drug traffickers.