IGP Munyuza made the remarks this Sunday, September 19, while officially closing a four-day workshop for 99 Police officers on "community policing approaches" at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
The workshop was attended by District Police Commanders (DPCs), directors and Police station commanders.
It covered various concepts of community policing such as discipline, professionalism, Rwandan values, crime prevention, fighting terrorism, conduct of officers in operations with focus on winning public trust and confidence, strategic Police leadership, command and management as well as RNP strategic planning process.
IGP Munyuza said that officers’ discipline and proactive character wins people’s trust and confidence for the same collective goal of making the country safer.
“Rwanda is developing very fast in all aspects including the wellbeing of the citizenry and Rwanda National Police has to make improvements in its daily performances, move with the changing environment so as to effectively deal with security threats that comes with development," IGP Munyuza told the officers
As commanders, he added, they should always think of how to work better, improved their individual wellbeing and institutional performance.
“This training was important; the knowledge and skills you have acquired should create impact in your command and leadership," IGP Munyuza said.
He reminded them not to put forward their individual interests but rather to stick to the general objectives of supporting and improving the lives of the people in all security and development matters.
"Security and development go hand-in-hand and success is the result of sacrifice, teamwork, exhibiting moral values, collective understanding and implementation and putting the general interests first,” IGP Munyuza said.
He urged them to be defined by positive thinking and engage the community policing and crime prevention matters. RNP, he added, will continue organizing trainings to further equip officers with professional skills.
The workshop is the second of its kind with the third intake expected to commence in November.