The RNP leadership has used this scheduled tour to ensure all police officers clearly understand the end of year message to Rwanda Defense Forces and Security Forces from President Paul Kagame.
The top leadership of Rwanda National Police (RNP), on January 9 started a countrywide tour to evaluate the force’s activities in District Police Units (DPUs) and lay more strategies to improve service delivery.
The four-day tour started in Rubavu District, Western Province, where the Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana visited the DPUs of Rubavu, Ngororero and Nyabihu. He challenged the officers to always be guided by discipline, hard work and being result-oriented.
Gasana reminded the officers to work towards realising the mission and vision of RNP; that is to make the people living in Rwanda feel safe, involved and reassured by providing high quality services, being accountable and transparent as well as, safeguarding the rule of law.
“In everything you do, remember to uphold discipline and professionalism,” Gasana said.
“You must also desist from malpractices like corruption, drunkenness, which blur your judgment and prevent you from being just. You must be exemplary,” he said.
He also met and held discussions with local leaders and emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation in human security and crime prevention.
RNP has partnered with districts after signing cooperation agreements with each district to collaborate in community policing, crime prevention, community mobilization to participate in development activities and community awareness in cultural-related activities.
Another team of officers led by DIGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, is visiting DPUs in the Northern region.
By Marizamunda had been to Police Stations in Gicumbi, Rulindo and Gakenke where he commended the officers on their performance, but added that there is still need to narrow the Police-public gap to make community policing a more effective tool in crime prevention.
“You must improve public trust by working professionally, be efficient in dealing with residents’ problems and involve and work with communities in dealing with security challenges they face,” he said.
Community Policing is one of the ten priorities set by the force to combat crimes.
Others include capacity building especially through training, infrastructure development improving the welfare of officers and cooperation.
Marizamunda reiterated that staying out of trouble and fighting corruption must be part and parcel of their professional conduct.