The Governor of the Northern Province, Jean Claude Musabyimana has urged residents of Musanze District to be a “concrete” first line of defense against criminality and be vigilant against elements that would attempt to destabilize their safety, peace and development agenda.
The Governor was speaking yesterday in Shingiro Sector where he presided over a community security meeting. About 3000 residents attended the meeting.
It was also attended by the Regional Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bertin Mutezintare.
Whereas the Governor lauded the impact of community policing initiatives and existing collaboration between the grassroots leaders and the residents, he noted that the “partnership gaps” and “ownership” by each resident still give chance to wrongdoers to live and carry out evil acts.
“If we are to contain crime, preserve peace and development, we have to work as a team, share information, watch-out for each other and know new characters in the community, which will also help to identify drug dealers, thieves or even people that can be involved in subversive activities,” Governor Musabyimana said.
He particularly tasked the local leaders to be exemplary and represent the people’s interests.
ACP Mutezintare echoed the same message but appealed to the leaders not to engross in unlawful activities.
He, however, observed that the existing level of security paints a clear picture of the importance of community involvement and partnership with security organs to overcome crime.
“Community policing empowers you to be the source of security and safety; we are here to work with you to ensure that that remains the case,” he noted, urging them to always call police or other security organs whenever they suspect anything criminal.