A total of 515 members of the District Administration Security Service Organ (DASSO) including 88 females, have – on Saturday August 25 – completed a three-months training course at the Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari, Rwamagana District.
The course, which started on June 5, 2018, equipped participants with skills or lessons in varied aspects.
These include patriotism and Rwanda’s Journey to Liberation; the role and responsibilities of DASSO in local government; human rights; the role of DASSO in preventing and fighting against human rights abuses; decentralization and leadership qualities, and their code of conduct.
Other key areas covered were weapons handling, foot drills, public order management, patrols, fighting crime, and how to work with and support local administration in its daily duties.
The pass-out ceremony was marked by demonstration of skills such as using fire arms and martial arts acquired during the three months intensive traininga.
The three best performers got special awards.
The Minister of Local Government Francis Kaboneka presided over the closing ceremony.
He was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana, Eastern Province Governor Fred Mufulukye, and district mayors from Seventeen Districts.
In his address to the graduating course participants, Minister Kaboneka lauded the overall discipline and commitment displayed by the trainees.
He appealed to them to put into practice the skills they had acquired in order to add value to what their fellow DASSO members have achieved.
“You are joining other DASSO personnel, who have done a commendable job.
You are therefore required to partner with them to work closely with the public to maintain peace and security wherever you will be deployed,” Kaboneka remarked.
He urged the graduands, once they have assumed their duties, to put much focus on dealing with crimes such as drug abuse and child pregnancies.
“For this to be possible, you need to emphasize teamwork amongst yourselves and, most importantly cooperate with other security organs and public through sharing adequate information,” he said adding that all that was to ensure crime is minimized and communities are safer.
The Local Government Minister further challenged course participants to uphold the country’s values including dignity, discipline, faithfulness, integrity and hard work, to ensure success in the duties ahead of them.
“All these values should characterize every one of you in your new duties.
“You need to be motivated by them (values) and I can guarantee that residents whom you are called upon to serve will draw confidence and trust in your service, and with this the public will have more reason to cooperate, giving information to prevent crime,” said the minister.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Vianney Nshimiyimana, the Commandant of the Police Training School expressed appreciation for the enthusiasm and passion course participants displayed.
He too asked them to make good use of the skills they had acquired in the goal to make communities safer.
CP Nshimiyimana appealed to the course participants to always undertake their duties in a professional manner, avoiding indulging in malpractices that would tarnish the image of the organ they represent (DASSO).
Fred Ntaganzwa, one of the graduands from Kirehe District appreciated Rwanda National Police for equipping them with their new skills and appealed to his colleagues to root out criminal activities. Ntaganzwa placed the emphasis on rooting out substance abuse.
Established by a May 10, 2013 law, DASSO is a district organ that has been mandated to support law enforcement in the districts.
The law tasks them to arrest any person involved in disruption of public order and hand them over to the Police; and to inform administration entities of any suspicious security threat, among others.