The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, on July 14, briefed a contingent of 160 Police officers set to be deployed for a one year peacekeeping mandate under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
The Formed Police Unit (FPU), which will be the seventh rotation in the Caribbean nation, is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Faustin Ntirushwa as its commander, and it includes 21 females.
They will replace Rwanda FPU6 deployed in July last year and scheduled to return home later this month after successfully executing their peacekeeping mandate and awarded UN service medal.
During a pre-deployment briefing at the RNP headquarters in Kacyiru, IGP Gasana challenged the officers to maintain the RNP and Rwandan values.
“Maintaining the Rwandan image requires you to preserve national values, commitment, respect, discipline and professional conduct,” the IGP said
“You are going to Haiti as ambassadors of peace, security and stability and you are going there to further build on what your colleagues have achieved over the years…keep the Rwandan flag high. Rwanda has earned her good reputation which should be sustained either locally or across borders,” he added.
He further urged them to cooperate and learn from other peacekeepers’ policing experience adding that “learning is continuous.”
The deployment of RWAFPU7 contingent will bring the number of RNP officers, who have served in Haiti under FPU since the maiden deployment in 2010, to 1080.
Currently, the UN ranks Rwanda the third largest Police contributing country after Senegal and Bangladesh respectively, but second largest police female contributor.
RNP maintains about 1000 police peacekeepers in various missions with 820 of them organized in five contingents of Formed Police Units.
Three of the FPU contingents of 420 officers are deployed in Central African Republic while a robust contingent of 240 officers is deployed in South Sudan.
Rwanda is also expected to deploy another contingent to South Sudan in September which will bring the number of RNP FPUs in UN missions to six in total.
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