The Regional Police Commander (RPC) Southern, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Francis Nkwaya, yesterday told local leaders in Huye District to play a significant part to influence and involve residents in crime prevention activities.
The meeting brought together over 800 local leaders, who include village leaders, cell and sector executive secretaries, district authorities and advisory councils of sectors and the district.
ACP Nkwaya pointed out that “community policing rests in the hands of local leaders for implementation” adding that its effectiveness requires building strong bond between them and the residents.
“You have to work with the people and be where police can’t be physically,” he told the local leaders.
He outlined child labour, drug trafficking and abuse, domestic and gender based violence as some of the issues they should give emphasis.
“There are some children employed in domestic chores, mines and other hard labour activities, which is a criminal act. These children should be in school not in such dirty works,” he said, urging them to stand up against anyone employing minors.
“Your effectiveness in community policing and strong partnership with security organs through timely information sharing is a strong tool in crime prevention.”
Huye district mayor, Eugene Kayiranga Muzuka pointed out that; “local government cannot achieve its ambitions in an insecure environment.”
“If we are to achieve our targets, we have to start with ensuring that our areas are secure,” said Muzuka.
He also thanked the police for re-assuring and involving the public to uphold safety and urged his colleagues to consider children rights and also share information with security organs at all times.