The commissioner for training in Rwanda National Police (RNP), Commissioner of Police (CP) Vianney Nshimiyimana said that the force’s strategy is to continue to make Rwanda inaccessible for international drug dealers rather than dealing with the consequences.
CP Nshimiyimana made the remarks on October 14 at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru while officiating at the closure of the four-day training on ‘combating international drug trafficking.’
Fifteen police officers drawn from different departments and units attended the course that was designed to expose them to the regional and international drug trends and improve their knowledge and skills to detect, fight and prevent the crime.
“Training and capacity building in particular was identified as one of the key priorities in Rwanda National Police and a top factor in professional policing,” CP Nshimiyimana said.
He commended the existing partnership between RNP and the Federal Criminal Police Office of German (BKA) both in capacity building and cross-border cooperation in varied policing disciplines.
“Quality services goes with good training and this is one of the required capacity and we commend this kind of skills transfer,” he said.
“It is one thing to train but it is another thing to have equipment that will be used in such specialized fields and for trainees to create impact,” he noted, calling on participants to be an added value in detecting and combating local and international drug trafficking.
“Our focus as RNP is to make it impossible for drug traffickers to either use Rwanda as a destination or transit route, but again to be well equipped and ready to respond effectively when we encounter such a scenario.”
Meanwhile, Rainer Harms, the liaison officer, on behalf of BKA, also handed over drug test kits to RNP that will be used to test varied drugs including cocaine and heroin.
Olivier Erdmann, one of the trainers, noted that drug trafficking remains an international threat which requires training and cross-border cooperation to reverse the trend.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Console Mukamwezi, one of the trainees, noted that the training was vital to expose them to regional and international trend of trafficking hard drugs noting that it was sufficient in improving their professional response related cases.