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Police commend public conduct during festive season

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Kigali: Rwanda National Police (RNP) has commended the general public for their “responsible and good conduct”, which facilitated “smooth, calm and safety” in the just concluded festive period.

“Generally, the festive season was peaceful; there was general compliance with the law by organisers of musical and entertainment shows, churches, and road users,” RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, said.

ACP Badege thanked the role of the general public and sister security institutions like Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), partners including local leaders, administrative security organ - DASSO - for the “strong partnership” throughout the year, which further improved the homeland security.

“Like previous years, 2017 has been a year of peace, safe and secure largely due to strong partnership with all entities to fight and prevent crimes, and cooperation in human security activities,” he said.

He, however, said that police recorded two fatal accidents in these festivities, one of them in Kigali caused by drunk-driving.

General security status

According to Police statistics, crimes reduced by 5.4 percent from 17600 total crimes reported in 2016 to about 16800 recorded last year. Equally, fatalities on road reduced by 32 percent.

“We are starting a new year with a strategic guidance by His Excellency the President; we call for the usual community policing cooperation with the general public, our major players in policing, through real time information sharing on any suspected criminal acts, further build and improved security, and its sustainability,” the spokesperson said.

In his Christmas and New Year message to RNP, President Paul Kagame challenged the force to find ways to further improve for the benefit of the Nation.

The President said: “While we cannot always predict the future, the people of Rwanda can be assured of one fact; the same values and convictions that have enabled us overcome countless challenges, strengthened by the experience, skills, knowledge and assets we have continued to acquire over time, will ensure that we overcome any threats we may be confronted with, and that the safety and security of our people is always preserved.” (End)


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