One-hundred thirty five Police officers, on Tuesday, completed a Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) course at the Police Training School (PTS) Gishari in Rwamagana District.
The ninth intake lasted four months.
While presiding over the pass-out, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda emphasized the importance of the NCO course.
“This training is deliberately designed to build professionalism right from the lowest ranks; as Police officers rise in ranks so should their skills and knowledge in policing matters,” DIGP Marizamunda said.
He added that NCOs constitute the biggest number of the total force making them the pillar of Rwanda National Police (RNP).
DIGP Marizamunda reminded them that they are also advisors and trainers, which requires them to always be informed and skilled to be able to accomplish their duties professionally.
The Deputy Police Chief also emphasized sticking to the DOs and norms of the force.
“Discipline is the foundation of professionalism and promotion in ranks, it means that RNP cannot tolerate drunkenness, corruption and other unprofessional or criminal behaviours,” DIGP Marizamunda emphasized.
“Be patriotic, do things that benefit the people and the country in general but not what goes into your pockets,” he added.
The pass-out was also characterized with demos in foot drills, Guard-of-Honour and cane-stick drills, among others.
During the four months, trainees covered leadership and public order management, community policing and police techniques.
Other parts of the course included field-craft, drills and duties, psychology of learning and general instructional techniques.