President Paul Kagame, yesterday, met with Yoursry Zakhary, the president of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to discuss cooperation in combating international crimes.
The President met Zakhary at Village Urugwiro after the closure of the third IACP conference in Kigali.
The conference brought together more than 200 participants, including African Police chiefs and senior Police officers.
“President Kagame and I agreed that further cooperation is needed to bring about peace in Africa and the world. He is passionate about law enforcement and this can be witnessed through his visionary guidance that has transformed Rwanda into a peaceful state,” Zakhary told the media.
“There are criminals all over the world that do not follow the rules of law; and their goal is to victimise those who cannot defend themselves. President Kagame stressed that for worldwide law enforcement to occur, countries need to share timely information, as well as resources to stop these illegal acts,” he added.
Emmanuel Gasana, the inspector general of Rwanda National Police, said Police chiefs from 13 eastern Africa states signed an agreement to collectively combat specific crimes in the region.
“Police forces from the region will share vital information and intelligence related to cybercrimes and other international crimes, as we cooperate to promote law enforcement,” Gasana said.
“Many police chiefs have appreciated the work we do through community policing to combat gender based violence and crimes against children. All the states have something that they can learn from each other.”
Some of the resolutions made at the conference include working jointly to combat security threats like; cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism, human and drug trafficking, fraud, proliferation of firearms, among others.
Other recommendations of the conference include investing in training and capacity building of law enforcement institutions, establishment of appropriate infrastructure for gathering and sharing relevant security information and fostering economic development by ensuring law and orders.
IACP was founded in 1893 with to apprehend and return criminals who fled the jurisdictions in which they were wanted.
The organisation has since expanded to spread the science of police work, promote law enforcement and foster cooperation and information exchange among police administrators.