The Rwanda National Police (RNP) has implemented a strong mechanism to fight corruption within and outside the Force, which has enabled it to provide quality services to its citizens.
The message was delivered by Maman Wada, the secretary-general of Transparency International - Niger, on Tuesday, at RNP headquarters in Kacyiru.
Wada headed a six-member delegation from Transparency International operating in the West African country in a bid to get acquainted with the Force’s anti-corruption drive.
“Rwanda is well known for its zero tolerance to corruption, which has been facilitated by a professional Police force. As Transparency International, we appreciate what Rwanda is doing and urge other countries to pick lessons,” Wada said.
“RNP has built a robust feedback mechanism that enables the public to provide it with information because people have trust in the institution. In many countries, this can’t work because people do not trust Police,” she added.
Addressing the delegation, Theos Badege, the commissioner for Criminal Investigations Department, said RNP continuously trains its officers to improve their skills in corruption investigations and uphold high levels of professionalism.
“We constantly upgrade efforts to enhance our corruption detection and sensitise the community on adverse consequences of corruption,” he said.
“Corruption will always be a taboo in Rwanda, and any officer caught in the crime faces the brunt of the law.”
RNP maintains zero-stance to corruption and has established various measures to combat graft in the force.
They include working with other anti-corruption institutions like Ombudsman’s office and Transparency International-Rwanda, setting up Anti-Corruption and disciplinary units and pursuing e-Policing, among others.