It was conducted in partnership with Galint limited, a private maritime company from Israel.
The event was presided over by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in Charge of Administration and Personnel, Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza
The course covered various maritime aspects including free diving, swimming and in-water techniques, advanced open water scuba diving, deep diver, boat dive and navigation skills, search, rescue and recovery skills.
Scuba, an acronym of ’self-contained underwater breathing apparatus’ is a mode of underwater diving where the diver uses an apparatus which is completely independent of surface supply to breathe underwater.
DIGP Ujeneza, while speaking at the closing of the training, said that marine diving courses are meant to equip and improve the capacity of officers for effective maritime operations.
“Marine operations are crucial to the fulfilment of the Police core mandate as provided by the law determining the powers, responsibilities, organization and functioning of the Rwanda National Police,” DIGP Ujeneza said.
“This course, like many more that will follow, are meant to equip and improve the capacity of marine Police officers to deal with any required operation in the water bodies, including water search, rescue and recovery of lost objects as you displayed them through demonstrations," she added.
She underscored that incidents that occur in waters take lives of people and damage their property, thus preventing them like any other incident and crimes, is equally a priority.
“The same goes with maritime crimes—illegal fishing, drug trafficking and smuggling conducted through waters bodies—which should be detected and prevented. All these are meant to ensure the safety and security of the people and their property."
The DIGP reminded the trainees that their role is to ensure safety and security in water bodies; patrol, mitigate crimes and apprehend criminals operating in or using water bodies as their transit route.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Elias Mwesigye, the Commanding Officer for Marine Police Unit, said that the trainees were selected basing on the discipline, mental and physical abilities.
He added that the divers can dive to the depth of 25 meters while performing a range of actions.
Police Constable (PC) Bosco Tuyizere, who was among the trainees, said that they acquired more skills which will facilitate them to effectively accomplish their maritime tasks.