Monday, 4 June 2012


Rwanda National Police is getting ready to mark 12 years of existence, an event which is due this June. This year’s celebrations of the 2012 Police day will be under the theme: ‘fighting against drug abuse to end gender based violence’
The annual event will commence in Nyamasheke district on June 1, and end on June 16 at the Police headquarters where outstanding Police units as well as members of the public will be rewarded for their crime prevention initiatives.
Police week celebrations will focus on strengthening partnership between Police and the public and to promote transparency and accountability. The commemoration also highlights Police annual activities over the past year and its plans for the future.
Other activities planned include participation in community work aimed at helping the vulnerable through constructing houses and basic communal work. Police will also donate cows in support of the Girinka program and sportswear and hold outreach programs in schools and within communities to provide medical insurance and participation in social activities such as sports.
Celebrations will focus on special activities that will be conducted in five districts including Burera, Gatsibo, Kicukiro, Nyamasheke and Nyanza. The districts signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rwanda National Police on crime reduction and human security initiatives.
During the sixteen day celebrations, Rwanda National Police will participate in community oriented work which includes crime prevention strategies such as anti drug abuse campaign and sensitize on HIV/Aids awareness.
Commissioner for Operations, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Emmanuel Butera explained that Rwanda National Police has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the five districts that will focus on among others crime prevention and environmental protection.
He also noted that celebrations will also look forward to engage families in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). GBV continues to be an obstacle that requires concerted efforts from all stake holders to deal with. It is through this outreach program that Police hopes to intensify the fight against the scourge.
Police day celebrations are aimed at reinforcing partnership within communities; promote Police work within the community through enhancing transparency and showcase Police role in public safety and security.


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