News of Rwanda (Kigali)

12 June 2012

Rwanda: Police Use Sports to Create Awareness On Crime

The Rwanda Police has moved to take advantage of sports among the youth as one way to avert crimes. They say that it is through the love of Sports that potential crimes can be prevented.

Through sports, Police has been able to reach out to the youth in schools and several other areas where the central issue message has been to sensitize the youths about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the ultimate need to refrain from substance abuse.

Sports is part of this year's Police week which kicked off under a theme "fighting against drug abuse and trafficking to end gender based violence" which specifically targets youth because they constitute the biggest percentage of the country's population.

Different sporting activities have been conducted during the Police week but mostly football matches that pit Police officers against the youth within the areas in which Police week activities are conducted.

After, several messages are conveyed encouraging the youth to shun drugs and switch to developmental activities. During these events, Police also distributes balls to the youth.

Superintendent of police Theos Badege, the Police spokesperson believes that drugs can be a source of other crimes such as, rape, assault and murder.

He explains that sensitizing the youth to engage in sports not only help spur good health but is a preventive measure against crimes that are prompted by drug abuse.

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