He observed that private security firms are a force multiplier to Rwanda National Police and play a role in the overall security in the country; but added that security threats keep changing shape following trends of other activities, thus proactive and modern measures to always be ahead of evil-minded people are required.
DIGP Namuhoranye made the remarks on Wednesday, December 21, while addressing over 100 heads of private security companies as well as those charged with security at different key premises, in a meeting held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters at Kacyiru.
"We are here today to strengthen cooperation and collaboration to ensure security at premises under your protection and the country in general. Take measures to prevent incidents and prompt response to any unlawful acts through timely information sharing," DIGP Namuhoranye said.
He observed during the festive period, criminals tend to take advantage of people, who are enjoying the festivities, to commit crimes like theft.
"We are starting the festive season, when crimes like theft, assault largely caused by drunkenness, cybercrime and narcotic drugs tend to increase. Beware, ensure proper supervision of your deployed personnel and give them enough training to be professional in their security duties," DIGP Namuhoranye said.
The Deputy Police Chief reiterated that as the country experiences fast development in all aspects, such as public infrastructure, hotels, commercial buildings, schools and modern markets; this comes with security challenges.
As the RNP partners in security, he added, private security firms should also evolve with the trend to contribute to the country’s safety and security and to follow the standard operating procedures.
Currently, there are 16 private security companies in the country with a total of 25,856 staff.
An assessment conducted between August and October this year, revealed that some private security service providers were using either using unregistered or untrained staff; lack of the required equipment and drunkenness, among others.
Max Uwiragiye, the chairman of the Rwanda Private Security Industry Association (RPSIA) said that such a meeting provides a platform to review their security performance, take measures to address the identified challenges and to discuss ways to further enhance partnership with the Police to fight and prevent crimes.