The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana, has called for teamwork and effectiveness among criminal investigators and prosecutors to ensure a fast and fair process in administration of justice.
IGP Gasana made the call on Tuesday in Rwamagana District at the closure of two-day course on human rights and crime investigation attended by Police criminal investigators and prosecutors from the Eastern Province.
The training was organised by Rwanda National Police (RNP) and funded by the Legal AID Forum-LAF.
The closing ceremony was also graced the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda and other commissioners and senior officers, among others.
The world, he said, is currently confronted with emerging crimes which are cross-border in nature, largely facilitated by development and technology advancement which have reshaped the nature of criminality, which requires concerted efforts between different players to prevent, detect and investigate crimes to get enough evidence against suspects.
He outlined cybercrime, vehicle theft, human and drug trafficking as some of the emerging security challenges that require periodic training to acquire new investigation techniques and effective joint efforts between investigators and prosecutors.
“Preventing such crimes requires that law enforcers and other concerned authorities acquire necessary skills and work together to contribute to the desired justice.”
He further urged against soliciting bribes or indulging in other graft related crimes.
“Where there is corruption, security is compromised, development is affected and we cannot afford this in Rwanda. We have to remain committed to fighting corruption and ensure that those involved are arrested and brought to book,” he said.
He appealed to the trainees to be guided by integrity in their routine duties and put to use the acquired skills.
During the training, participants shared ideas on how to harmonise their activities for effective implementation of judicial duties.
The training followed similar others that benefited investigators and prosecutors operating in the City of Kigali, Western and Southern provinces.
The training is expected to be taken to the Northern Province.
Rwanda National Police pursues capacity building and skills development as one of the pillars to professional policing and a lasting strategy towards crime prevention and sustainable peace and security.