Two officials from the Zambian Police are in the country for a five-day official tour to get experience on how Rwanda Police College operates and how it has empowered officers.
The officials who were received by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) include the Chief of Research and Planning in the Zambian Police Force, Senior Supt Derrick Chongo, and the Acting Director of Planning at the Ministry of Home Affairs, John Phiri.
The visit aims at helping the Zambian government set up its own Police college in order to improve the skills and capacity of their police Force.
The duo was received by Commissioner of Police Bruce Munyambo at the RNP Headquarters in Kacyiru, alongside other senior Police officers.
In his presentation, Munyambo told the officials that the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District has turned into an international centre of excellence in police training and development.
“The National Police College in Musanze, the Police Training School in Gishari and the Counter Terror Training Centre in Mayange, have played a significant role in professionalising the Force. They have helped to build the capacity of officers and equipped them with relevant skills,” Munyambo said.
“Our future prospect is to open up schools that offer tailor-made courses for our officers pursuing Masters of Science in information Security and Masters in Criminal Justice and Human Rights.”
The Zambian official, SSP Derrick Chongo, commended RNP for having a model college that other African states can benefit from, adding that Zambia National Police is planning to construct a college modeled around the one that Rwanda has.
“What we have seen is so impressive. We have not seen it elsewhere on the continent. We will be reviewing the curriculum at these Police schools as well as look into how they are funded and then report back to our government on how best to implement our own school,” Chongo said.
Police officers from Rwanda and other African countries have graduated from the three police academies and schools.
The three schools offer a wide range of trainings in forensic science, police professional studies, law and criminology, information security, as well as intermediate command and staff courses and senior command courses, among others.