At least 371 have joined District Administration Security Support Organ (DASSO), after completing a three-month training at the Police Training School (PTS) Gishari, yesterday.
The pass-out was presided over by the State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government in charge of Socio-Economic Development, Vincent Munyeshyaka.
88 of the trainees were females.
It was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana and Deputy IGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda as well as mayors of 15 districts where the graduands were recruited.
While emphasizing on professionalism and discipline, the State Minister said the two principles are very essential for service excellence in the security-related duties they are undertaking and efficiently serve the people.
“DASSO was created with a purpose; its success depends on what you will be doing individually and collectively. It is a duty to that you have undertaken to serve the people and the nation with maximum discipline, self-esteem but also working with the people and security institutions,” Munyeshyaka said.
He commended Rwanda National Police leadership for its continued commitment and support through extending skills to DASSO members and other partners in policing.
According to the Commandant of PTS, Commissioner of Police (CP) Vianney Nshimiyimana, the course covered key lessons that include Community Policing philosophy, Leadership and Management, Ethics and Integrity, Weapon Handling, Martial Art and enlightened them on various government development programmes.
One of the graduands, Anastase Bigina, who spoke on behalf of course participants, said they are “proud for having been given the trust and selected to serve their country.”
Established by a May 10, 2013 law, Dasso is a district organ that has been mandated to support law enforcement in districts.
The law tasks them to arrest any person involved in disruption of public order and hand them over to the Police; to inform an administration entity of any suspicious security threat, among others.
In a related development, IGP Gasana also officially closed a nine-month course of 159 Non-Commissioned Officers at PTS.