The Uganda Police Force has launched Crime Preventer’s Club in secondary schools across the country.
The assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Human Resources, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, launched the new club at International University of East Africa in Kansanga on Tuesady.
He said such clubs will help police to detect and fight crimes starting with demonstrations in schools, abuses by some teachers as well as any other crimes.
Kaweesi also observed that more than 250 secondary schools have agreed to form the clubs to participate in civilian crime prevention programme.
He said the development would see crime rates across the country drop.
He said the students would complement other security organs to curb crime.
“Students crime prevention clubs will help in detecting and fighting strikes,” Kaweesi emphasized.
Uganda has been training and passing out crime preventers across the country in order to supplement the police force ahead of 2016 general elections.
In Rwanda, the National Police (RNP) and the Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Crime Prevention Organization established an anti-crime club in Kacyiru, Gasabo District in their endeavor to bring all the youth on board in ensuring security and safety.
The event involved 900 students, police officers and local leaders.
Police said this would help young Rwandans in schools fight drugs, human trafficking and violence.
There are about 810 anti-crime clubs in schools in Rwanda now.
The Headmaster of Groupe Scolaire Kacyiru Vincent Rukundo, said the clubs would help students guard both in their communities and at school, against gangs that seek to introduce them to drugs and a life of violence.