RNP hold ’Police High Council’ with emphasis on professionalism

On 13 December 2023 at 06:15

Rwanda National Police (RNP) held a ’Police High Council’ on Tuesday, December 12, at the General Headquarters, Kacyiru to lay more effective policing strategies towards sustainable security.

The supreme organ of RNP, which was officially opened by the Minister of Interior, Alfred Gasana, also looked at Police discipline and professionalism as ideals of quality services.

The periodic Council brings together the leadership, heads of departments and territorial units, to review the force’s policing strategies and to lay out priorities to be undertaken to further improve security and professionalize the force in line with the evolving policing landscape.

Minister Gasana reiterated the role of the Police to protect the safety of people and their property, which is possible when policing challenges are assessed and addressed.

He thanked the force for its policing strategies that combines physical security and community development to address the root causes of criminality.

"Across the country, Police officers in their areas of responsibility, engage in security and development initiatives, rescue operations, and the government will continue to support you to fulfill your duties effectively in collaboration with other agencies and the people," Minister Gasana said.

He added that the government will continue to support the RNP in infrastructure development, including Police stations, acquiring more and modern policing equipment for national security.

Minister Gasana urged the officers to be defined by discipline and to avoid anything that can taint the image of the force.

"There are some police officers, who have been caught in misconduct leading to severe punishment, including dismissal from service. This is done to build a professional Police officers dedicated to national duty not personal interest," the Minister said.

As we approach the festive period and end of the year, the Minister observed that it comes with various activities and celebrations such as musical concerts, religious services and increased movements, which must be done in a safer environment.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Felix Namuhoranye, also emphasized the values of discipline, love for work, and professionalism as key to effective execution of duties.

The Police Chief warned against graft and urged officers to aim for the best services and to work with the people in security and development programmes.