Thirty-one Police officers from 22 countries, on February 23, started a four-day Interpol course at the Ethics Centre at the Rwanda National Police’s (RNP) headquarters in Kacyiru.
The “cyber crime investigation” course which is being attended by four Rwandan officers, also attracted four officers from Interpol offices in Nairobi, Kenya.
The participating countries are from Interpol Zone V, which include Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Others are Malawi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Mauritius, Djibouti, Lesotho, Mozambique and the host, Rwanda.
The training was organised by Interpol in partnership with RNP.
Participants will cover various cyber crime investigation areas like social media investigation and how to preserve and report online data.
Other areas to be covered include computer forensics on VISA cases, networking internet fundamentals, e-mails forensics and digital crime profiling.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), in charge of Administration and Personnel, Stanley Nsabimana, while officially launching the training, observed that ”ICT opportunities are exploited by organised cyber criminals.”
“Cyber crime is a threat to the entire world. There is need for cooperation to combat it,” Nsabimana said.
He appealed to the officers to make good use of the training to acquire skills that will enable them handle cyber-related crimes.
Cyber crimes include fraudulent sales, hacking, stealing of personal and private information online.