Members of the Youth Volunteers in Community Policing Organization (RYVCPO) in Nyagatare District have resolved to broaden their activities by creating an anti-crime club in each of the 630 villages of the district.
This is one of the resolutions taken during their meeting held on January 8, aimed at strengthening community policing efforts especially against high impact crimes such as drug abuse, human trafficking, among others.
The meeting brought together youth volunteers’ coordinators of all the 16 sectors, and the committee of the youth group at the district level. There are about 4485 members of the youth organization in Nyagatare.
The decision to create anti-crime clubs in all villages, according to the youth, is due to the strategic location of the district, which is prone to drug and human trafficking especially through porous borders. Nyagatare borders Uganda and Tanzania.
The District Police Commander (DPC) of Nyagatare, Chief Supt. Johnson Sesonga, while addressing the youth leaders, thanked them for their continuous efforts to promote security and stability in their communities.
“Youth constitute the biggest number of the population, and the majority involved in crime like drug dealings. We believe in such initiatives that the trend will be reversed and have a safe and crime-free young generation,” Chief Supt. Sesonga said.
CSP Sesonga urged the youngsters to raise more awareness and educate their peers about drug abuse that engender their current and future lives.
Youth volunteers in community policing, who have close to 230, 000 members countrywide, have been credited for their human security activities in communities through supporting the disadvantaged, and supporting community socio-economic development initiatives.
Late last year, their launched special communal work work — Umuganda— conducted every second Saturday of the month, to support various security, environmental protection and other development activities.