Refugee camps to get policing staff

The Rwanda National Police has started a two-day awareness campaign in refugee camps that will see Community Policing Committees (CPCs) created for refugees.

The Rwanda National Police has started a two-day awareness campaign in refugee camps that will see Community Policing Committees (CPCs) created for refugees.

Supt. Sam Rumanzi, the director of Community Policing in RNP, said teams composed of police officers were dispersed to all camps countrywide. The team will meet camp leaders, who will in turn form CPCs.

“It is imperative to engage them in activities such as community policing, which are vital to them and the country in general,” said Rumanzi.

Currently, there are five refugee camps in the country. They include Gihembe in Gicumbi district, Nkamira (Rubavu), Nyabiheke (Gatsibo), Kiziba (Karongo) and Kigeme (Nyamagabe).

Together, they are home to more than 57,000 refugees, mostly Congolese.

“We want to establish a network of community policing in these camps, add value to security by preventing crimes such as Gender-Based Violence, drug abuse, human trafficking and engage them in environmental protection,” said Rumanzi.

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