A total of 160 Police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department, yesterday, completed two-day training on fighting environmental crimes including implementation of laws and policies.
The training was organized by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA).
It covered environmental laws and policies, awareness on protection and reporting offences committed in mining sector as well as interview and interrogation of witnesses and suspects of environmental crimes.
Others include investigation techniques, evidence collection, arrest, detention and rights of suspects, and service delivery in investigations.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, while officiating at the closing of the training, said that the national vision, to which the force derives its mission, should be a guiding tool in their policing duties including fighting environmental crimes.
“Discipline and the overall factor of professionalism define service delivery. The values you stand for should be respected, implemented and sustained,” IGP Gasana said.
The training comes at the time when RNP, through its Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) that operates under CID, is actively involved in environmental related activities including community awareness but also implementing policies and laws through operations.
The operations have mainly been in fighting illegal mining, implementing the law on the ban of plastic bags as well as deforestation and preventing wildfire.
Last week, Police in Gatsibo District arrested 30 people who were mining illegally in a cassiterite concession in Rugarama Sector.