The periodic senior commanders meeting convened on October 3 at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru and discussed among others, crime reduction strategies and improving the welfare of the personnel.
The expanded meeting was also graced by the ministers; Francis Kaboneka of Local Government and Dr. Diane Gashumba of Gender and Family Promotion, who were invited as some of the major partners in policing.
The senior commanders’ meeting brings together about 250 participants including commissioners, commanders and staff officers down to the police station level to discuss on the status of police operations mainly focusing on public order management, road safety, crime trends and investigations as well as other specialized police operations.
Honorable Kaboneka addressed the meeting on how best RNP in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and local leaders in particular, can improve the social protection and jointly deal with social injustices as means to improve social security of the citizenry.
He emphasized on “effective implementation” of home-grown programmes such as Ubudehe, VUP Umurenge and Girinka to serve the purpose and further improve the wellbeing of the people.
Minister Gashumba, on the other hand, spoke on child protection and partnership with the police and local leaders to end and the presence of street children.
In highlighting the number of measures to eradicate street children, Minister Gashumba noted that “irresponsible parents should be held accountable” adding that all entities should work together to get children off streets and jointly ensure that “all children go to school.”
She pledged government commitment in this initiative and emphasized the need for police to support and protection to social rehabilitation centres for children, either government or private owned.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana embarked on service excellence, improved operations especially against high impact crimes like terrorism, human and drug trafficking, gender based violence and corruption, among others.
The IGP also emphasized on increased operations to curb road carnage and other related offences.
He hinted at professionalism and discipline of execution as key factors in ensuring and preserving public safety.
During the meeting, it was observed that crimes reduced by 12 percent between January and September this year.
The regular senior police commander’s meeting informs and helps in evaluating laying more strategies to tighten grip on emerging security challenges.