Police trainees should be knowledgeable about the law in order to be able to enforce it.
Member of Parliament Evariste Kalisa made these remarks while addressing a group of 240 officer cadets from the Police Training School in Gishari, Rwamagana District, on Wednesday. The trainees were visiting Parliament.
The cadets were received by MP Kalisa, who briefed them on the role of lawmakers in fostering a peaceful society, and how an effective partnership between lawmakers and Police can build a foundation for sustainable development.
“It is paramount that officer cadets get to understand the important laws in our society, so that they can perform their work professionally on the basis of knowledge and quality skills. When you understand the laws, you have to also sensitise our communities and teach them these laws,” Kalisa said.
He also reminded the cadets that the peace and safety Rwandans enjoy today was achieved from selfless values of patriotism – and must be upheld by patriotic officers willing to serve with integrity and professionalism.
“This country requires patriotic men and women willing to perform their work diligently. Rwanda National Police has over the years produced exemplary officers who have promoted peace and justice. As Officer Cadets, you are required to uphold the credible name of the institution.”
During the discussions, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) David Rukika, Chief Instructor at the Police Training School, explained that such study tours are aimed at equipping trainees with the necessary knowledge aimed at improving their efficiency while implementing Police mandate.
“The experience cadets get when interacting with different categories of leaders in society will ensure that they implement their work on a knowledge-based basis. They also have the duty of transmitting this knowledge to the society, in a bid to cement the concept of Community Policing,” CSP Rukika said.
One of the cadets, Ronald Kazungu, said the tour is crucial in enlightening what is required of them in a partnership manner.
He noted that discipline and cooperation and teamwork are the guide to professional officers and quality services to address society challenges and maintain the country’s image.
Meanwhile, another batch of 208 cadets also visited the East African Granite Industries in Nyagatare District, where they were briefed on the role and importance of businesses in the national economic development agenda.