The Rwanda National Police (RNP) supreme organ, Police High Council, on Tuesday resolved to boost the institutional capacity through trainings on fighting, preventing and investigating crime as well as compliance with the law and improved service delivery.
The set priorities are intended to further professionalize the force in awake of the evolving policing landscape and to effectively combat crime.
The Council was chaired by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye in his capacity as the Minister in charge of Police.
Other priorities for the law enforcing body include strengthening partnerships both locally and cross-border, enhancing discipline and better welfare in efforts to have a more proficient force.
Minister Busingye observed that the success of the force in ensuring homeland security is a result of the service of every man and woman in the force to translate the guidance given into solid actions.
“This should be a platform to assess and take concrete measures to further ensure that the safety of people and their property continues to improve and guaranteed even in the future,” he said.
The state attorney emphasized “compliance with the law” noting that “nobody is above the law; be it a Rwandan or foreigners in Rwanda, we all follow the law and your role as the Police is to ensure that everyone is compliant.”
“Security is no longer seen in protecting people and their property alone; security is determined by way of how people live, food security, environmental protection, health and protecting rights of all groups, among others, and this is achieved through joint effort,” he said.
Busingye pledged government’s commitment in supporting and equipping the force to achieve its mandate.
The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana said that the changing policing landscape tasks the force to adopt new and advanced skills and equipment to facilitate both locally and abroad especially in peacekeeping missions.
The Council brought together close to 500 officers including commissioners heading various departments, commanders of units, regional and district commanders, seniors and junior officers as well as representatives of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) from all territorial and specialized police units.