50 judicial police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have acquired advanced investigation skills to ensure that suspects are brought to justice with more evidence and within the quickest time possible.
The three-month advanced course was conducted in Bugesera District.
A statement from the National Police indicates that the during the three months, the officers were trained in general criminal law, criminal procedures, specific crimes, computer skills and Gender Based Violence law.
Other modules included statement drafting, interview and interrogation, economic crimes, crime scene management, investigation techniques, law of evidence, judicial organisation, structure and competence of courts as well as human rights.
Speaking at an event to mark the end of the course, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel Gasana, highlighted that the CID is pivotal in police duties.
The IGP added that he expects the course to bring about fair administration of justice while lawfully observing human rights.
“I am convinced that you have gained a lot through the three month course that will help you to combat crime, not only in Rwanda, but also within the region,” Gasana said.
He further reiterated the commitment of the Rwanda National Police in providing necessary tools to assist them in their duties and called on the officers to lay much emphasis on what they have learnt so as to offer timely services and customer care to the public.
“I urge you to adopt to change so as to keep pace with the ever changing times,” Gasana advised.
The Commissioner of CID, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Christopher Bizimungu, said that the course had given the police officers what they required to undertake their judicial policing responsibilities.
Bizimungu urged the officers to use the acquired knowledge to serve the public impartially and with integrity.
“I urge you to use your knowledge for the betterment of society,” Bizimungu said.
The training was conducted by the Rwanda National Police in partnership with Belgian Technical Cooperation.