Local Community Builds 10 Police Stations

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The mayor of Gatsibo, Richard Gasana presenting the architectural design of the 10 constructed police stations.

The Governor of the Eastern Province, Judith Kazayire, yesterday inaugurated ten police stations including a District Police Unit (DPU) worth over Rwf87 million, in Gatsibo District that were constructed by residents in partnership with the district administration.

The official inauguration held in Nyagihanga, one of the sectors that got a new police station, was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, DIGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, among others.

The stations were constructed in a space of one year, and include offices, separate detention facilities for both males and females, a mess and accommodation for the attached officers.

Speaking to hundreds of the jubilating residents, the Governor commended them for their contribution to policing and “upholding the value of community policing.”

One of the new constructed DPU of Gatsibo

She noted that such ideals of citizens’ involvement and ownership continue to positively impact on the lives of the people, and a base for the level safety and security that the country continues to enjoy today.

“This is a step further towards successful development; without security there can never be development, and that’s why our servicemen are involved in all community works as means to keep close and support the people and ensure the safety in your development activities,” she said.

Before the construction of Nyagihanga Police station, for example, residents had to brave tens of kilometres to seek police services to the nearest police station of Ngarama.

IGP Gasana noted that such activities are rewards of good leadership and community policing in particular towards sustainable security and development.

“Your relentless efforts invested in constructing these police stations are highly appreciated, and depict your commitment and patriotism for the good of our country,” said the Police Chief.

Governor Judith Kazayire addressing the residents of Gastibo

He went on to say that policing can only be successful where there is close partnership with the people.

“Let’s create a strong partnership that is built on information sharing and be a model of sustainable security. Security starts with you by protecting yourself, feeling protected and protecting your neighbors,” IGP said.

To successfully implement their idea of constructing the police stations, residents constituted a committee of five people to oversee timely construction of the facilities.

Hussein Mpagazehe, the head of the committee, said: “When the idea of constructing the police station of Nyagihanga came up, the idea was conceived by other sectors and it became a project for all the residents of Gatsibo.”

“It started with a pledge of 44,000 bricks, a truck to use in the construction process, 30 sacks of cement and many other construction materials. It gained momentum and support from all residents and the district administration, thus this far,” Mpagazehe added.

The support included manpower through Umuganda.

The mayor of Gatsibo, Richard Gasana said that of the 14 sectors in his district, 10 have police station.

“Our intention is to have all the sectors have police station and quarters for officers before the end of this year,” said Gasana.

“We have seen crimes going down tremendously in the last one year and we attribute this to the decentralization of the police services.

Other constructed Police stations

In January last year, residents of Rusebeya Sector and the district of Rutsiro constructed a police station worth Rwf27.5 million. About Rwf20 million was a contribution from Rusebeya residents and Rwf7.5 million by the district under the framework of their community policing.

Later in June, residents of Gisozi and Gikomero sectors in Gasabo District also constructed fully-fledged Police stations as part of their community policing initiative to support security activities in the area.

The Gisozi police station valued at Rwf23 million includes offices, a detention facility, mess, accommodation for the attached officers and fully connected with Internet.

Gisozi and Gikomero were the only sector in Gasabo, which has no Police station. Gasabo is composed of 15 sectors.

The whole idea of establishing at least one police station in each of the 416 sectors across the country is part of the policy to take service further closer to the people and ensure service excellence.

 

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