RWAMAGANA - Over 40 police officers mainly from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) working as field agents yesterday ended a two-week course in Advanced Internal Technique.
The course was conducted at Gishari Police Training school in Rwamagana District.
Stuart Symington, the US Ambassador to Rwanda, who officiated at the closure of the course, told the officers that the power of the police force lies in its service to the people, and not the guns they carry.
He said that the Police remain the most vital institution in the world, which is why the US government gives a hand in such courses.
The envoy said that the social, economic and political situation in Rwanda is conducive enough to attract US support.
“The American people are happy with the Rwandan government for their encouraging vision. We shall therefore continue to partner with you in many other fields for years to come.”
“The American trainers, who have been with these officers, were overwhelmed by their discipline and would love to stay longer. The Head of State has given Rwanda a proper direction to rely on,” he said referring to the leadership of President Paul Kagame.
The Commissioner General of Police (CGP), Emmanuel Gasana, told the officers to efficiently employ the acquired skills for the betterment of the Rwandan society.
“I challenge you to implement what you have learnt forthwith…take the skills beyond this training institution, to the rest of the world. There shouldn’t be any limit to the tools we have given you,” he said.
Instructor Rick Daniele said that in his long carrier, he has never come across a disciplined force like the one that had just graduated.
“This has been an excellent class…your attitude and focus is exemplary to many in the world. Your behaviour made my work as an instructor so easy,” he said.
The course was organized by International Criminal Investigation Assistance programme and the US Justice Department.