The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, has urged commanders of contingents set to be deployed to UN mission to understand and define their mission mandate effectively.
The Police Chief made the remarks yesterday while officially opening a seminar of 45 commissioned officers under the two contingents set to be deployed in Central Africas Republic (CAR), held at the Rwanda National Police General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
He said integrity and discipline are core aspects of professionalism that should characterise them as leaders.
“Uphold national values as a springboard for national interests at all times and ensure your subordinates are physically and mentally ready for daily deployment,” said Gasana.
“Maintain force readiness and preparedness, understanding well the concept of force protection that comprises safety and security, welfare, administration discipline, self-control and professional conduct,” said the IGP.
He further urged them to take a step further and enhance relations with other peacekeepers, learn from best practices and enforce the spirit of teamwork.
“A lot is expected from you by your country that has entrusted you as well as the people where you will be deployed with this task; this should also be an opportunity to learn more to improve your professional standards,” he said.
The officers were also urged to master standard operating procedures, communication briefings and reporting as well as event management and protocol that match well with international policing standards.
During pre-deployment preparations, the IGP said they should acquire enough knowledge and be well acquainted with Rwanda’s policy on peacekeeping operations and advance professional values throughout their tour of duty.