By Francis Otucu
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Anatoli Muleterwa and team have camped in the West Nile districts preaching community policing in refugee settlements, host communities and local councils.
So far, the workaholic team have met communities from Adjumani (Magi Camp), Moyo, Madi Okolo, Arua and Yumbe.
According to Muleterwa; settlements, host communities and local councils have been earmarked as key output areas.
“We scheduled having community outreach meetings in the refugee Settlement areas as one of the key output areas of community policing. We have met with the refugee welfare committees at all levels, refugee communities, host communities and local council leaders to improve the working environment through community engagement,” ACP Muleterwa said.
This moved is aimed at building a sense of hope in refugees.
“The message we have targeted to share with Refugee communities is building a sense of hope in them, given the nature of background of where they come from. So, as police through community policing and sensitization, we have come to give them a sense of hope that while they are here, they must have a sense of security which is a shared responsibility by playing particular roles like giving us information, coordinating any issues from the local community which is the grassroots of security,” he explained.
He added, “We have listened and identified problems affecting them, and like the principles of community policing, through this kind of engagement, it has generated consensus and a lot of hope that we will build on to consolidate sustainable development.”
The team used this opportunity to warn the refugees against engaging in crimes.
“We have also warned them about committing crimes like fighting, domestic violence, murder, rape, early marriages and defilement among others but be law abiding citizens, desire to be united, love each other have common destiny for ourselves,” he said.
He advised them to follow the legal system of Uganda.
“Take interests in knowing the cultural norms of society where you are.
Cooperate with security agencies, give us information, enforcement of the law and desire to live together. Be united.
Learn to solve problems affecting you other than being lawlessness and share information for quick intervention,” he advised the refugees.