During his address, he said that he believes the police officers have acquired enough knowledge and skills to fulfill their mission in the Central African Republic.
“You all have to know that your actions in the country you will be deployed to, reflect the image of Rwanda. Before anyone talks with you, they will first spot the Rwandan flag on your uniforms. Make sure your actions reflect the impeccable image the Rwandan Police is renowned for.”
He said that the mission they have been given is not an easy one and that they need to make some sacrifices for their country. “Completing your mission will not only be a good record for you but for the country.”
He urged the police officers to show empathy and support those in need. He reminded them that even though they will be sent by the United Nations, they have other duties to fulfill for the country like supporting vulnerable communities and sensitizing citizens in the host country to develop a sense of independence rather than always waiting for their government to support them.
He also reminded police officers who have negative habits including drunkenness to behave and avoid staining the image of the country.
He called upon police officers to be strong and defend themselves and the citizens they will be charged with protecting in tense situations where the enemy will be threatening to assault them.
Deployed police officers are in two teams with one team of 140 led by ACP Uwimana Safari and it is the 6th cohort to be sent to the CAR while the second team is led by SSP Antoine Munyampundu and is the fifth cohort to be sent to the CAR.
The police officers will leave for the CAR today, December 16th, 2019 and will be replacing another cohort of 280 who were also divided into two teams.