In an effort to address rising concerns about crimes within schools in West Nile, the Regional Police Commander, Eddie Sserunjogi, initiated a sensitization campaign targeting students. The campaign began with a meeting at St Mary’s Girls SSS Ediofe in Arua City, where student leaders from the region gathered on Sunday.
The police plan to extend this initiative to all schools in the region, aiming to instill discipline and prevent crimes among students and school administrators.
During the session at St Mary’s, the police commander focused on the role of student leaders in detecting and preventing crimes in schools. He emphasized the importance of preventing crimes rather than responding to them after the fact.
The commander addressed the causes of crimes in schools, such as unmet expectations, communication gaps, influence from staff, exposure to social media, peer pressure, and substance abuse. He outlined the responsibilities of student leaders in crime prevention, including promoting peace, serving as role models, bridging the gap between administration and students, and providing guidance.
Regional Police Spokesperson Josephine Angucia highlighted various crimes that student leaders should be vigilant about, including theft, assault, defilement, rape, drug abuse, and riots. She encouraged student leaders to observe behaviors and environments, reporting any detected crimes promptly to the administration for appropriate action.
Angucia stressed the importance of a crime-free school environment, citing benefits such as academic excellence, the growth of morally upright students, preservation of life and property, reduced fear, and a conducive atmosphere for nurturing future leaders.
The police team involved in this initiative included the Regional Community Liaison Officer for West Nile, the officer for Arua Central Business Division, and the Regional Legal and Human Rights Officer.