Thirty-two officers of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) are undergoing a two-week course on sustainable intelligence which has been sponsored by the British Government.
The officers who are undergoing training are all Assistant Inspectors of Police (AIP) and were drawn from different parts of the country.
“We have brought our own intelligence trainers to share their expertise with their Rwanda counterparts,” Laurie Hunter, the political officer at the British Embassy in Kigali said.
According to RNP, Britain has facilitated different trainings including, high potential development course in 2005, East Africa Police commanders in 2007 and 2008, investigative and interviewing course in 2008.
Acting Commissioner of Police Mary Gahonzire said during the opening of the course that by training the officers on intelligence gathering, Rwanda will achieve its vision of positioning herself as an intelligence-led country,
According to Gahonzire, the police officers will cover topics that will include; how to collect intelligence, store information, sharing and analysing this information for crime prevention.
The inspectors will, after their training, also get high-tech equipments for helping them in their assignments.
“At the end of the training, every trainee will be given a laptop, printer, digital camera and voice recorder.
“This will help them share intelligence and communicate with other officers in the field,” said Bob Ingram, a detective inspector in the international crime coordination unit of the Metropolitan Police who is one of the trainers.
The idea of this training was mooted in a meeting that brought together Gahonzire and UK embassy officials last month.