City Police units to move into new location

KIGALI - Rwanda National Police (RNP) has announced that all units operating within Nyarugenge District will, this month, relocate to the Kigali Metropolitan Police Building, situated at Muhima.Among the units set to relocate is the Traffic department, the Regional Police Commander and District Police Commander’s offices.
The Police Metropolitan Building in Muhima will house a number of city police units. The New Times / Timothy Kisambira.
The Police Metropolitan Building in Muhima will house a number of city police units. The New Times / Timothy Kisambira.

KIGALI - Rwanda National Police (RNP) has announced that all units operating within Nyarugenge District will, this month, relocate to the Kigali Metropolitan Police Building, situated at Muhima.

Among the units set to relocate is the Traffic department, the Regional Police Commander and District Police Commander’s offices.

The four-storey building will also accommodate Zigama CSS and armed forces shop branches and an accommodation wing for police officers.

The relocation of the units to the Muhima-based facility was part of the performance contract signed between the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana and Fazil Musa Harelimana, the Minister of Internal Security.

Police also plans to complete the construction of Remera and Nyamata police stations and start the construction of a peacekeeping centre to be set up in Gishari, Rwamagana District.

Other projects due for implementation, is the extension of the Interpol’s global communication tool I-24/7 to all border outlets.

The tool enables police and other security organs in all Interpol member states, to request, submit and access vital information instantly in a secure environment, a move aimed at combating transnational crimes.

The decentralisation of the tool, which currently operates only at the head office, was agreed upon between member countries in the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO), during their just concluded meeting in Kigali.

To further improve the overall service delivery in peace and security in the country, the force also intends to reduce crime to five percent from the current 6.3 percent.

On road safety, the force plans to increase vehicle inspection by 20 percent and reduce traffic accidents by 12 percent.

Police, in April, launched a third lane at the Remera-based Motor vehicle Inspection Centre (MIC) which has since seen inspection of vehicles increase by 88.7 percent in the last three months to 15,547 from 8,237 between January and March.

The force also vowed to continue its capacity building drive with officers from Criminal Investigation Department (CID), intelligence and anti gender based violence undergoing relevant training programmes.

As part of the Force’s contribution in the national forestation drive, the district Police offices, will work closely with local government leaders to plant 10 hectares of trees in every district, with priority given to areas that will greatly benefit from trees, including the hills that are prone to soil erosion.

On the regional and international front, RNP pledged to cement partnerships with donors as well as other police organisations within the region and beyond to improve policing.

The signing of the performance contract follows other contracts signed between the police chief and all departments in the national force.

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