KIGALI - In his first interview as the new chairman of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Organization (EAPCCO), Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana, said that in his term he will focus on training as he believes it is the best way to create a vibrant and credible police force.
He further said that he would advocate for joint operation on top of other duties that he is to undertake such as visiting member states to review the implementation of the current resolutions.
“I expect to push for the harmonization of standard operating procedures to ensure that police forces from member countries have the same training as far as combating crime is concerned,” IGP Gasana said.
Gasana highlighted that the main concern of the two day Police chiefs deliberations highlighted cross border crimes, their threat and discussed they can be identified, prevented and combated.
The Police chiefs singled out cybercrimes such as piracy, money laundering and fake pharmaceuticals among others as being on the rise. Gasana pointed out that EAPCCO member countries required extensive training and availability of I 24/7 Interpol communication tool to be extended at border posts so as to apprehend criminals before they cross the border.
“Rwanda has embraced IT led policing to be able to detect and deter cyber crimes,” Gasana told the press.
Rwanda national Police boss also confirmed that the South Sudan has been admitted to EAPCCO as the 12th member.
After his one year term as the chief of EAPCCO, The Rwandan inspector of Police will hand over to his Seychelles counterpart.