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More Police officers depart for Ivory Cost

A contingent of 11 Rwanda police officers will today leave for a one-year peacekeeping mission under the the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI). The contingent is led by Chief Supt. Gerald Ntare. During a pre-deployment briefing at the Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru yesterday, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, challenged the officers to make good use of their policing experience to help bring about peace in Ivory Coast. Munyuza urged them to uphold the Rwanda National Police’s core values and doctrines and be good ambassadors during their spell in the West African nation. He asked them to raise the county’s flag high by acting professionally.  The Police component in Ivory Coast is headed by a Rwandan, Commissioner of Police Vianney Nshimiyimana. The Rwanda Police peacekeepers have been recognised in various missions for acting professionally and executing their mission effectively.  There are currently about 600 Rwandan Police officers in the eight peacekeeping missions around the world. By Ambroise Agaba,The New Times

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Police, districts to strengthen community policing drive

Rwanda National Police has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Eastern Province districts, to strengthen cooperation to prevent and combat crime. (L-R) IGP Emmanuel Gasana, Governor Odette Uwamariya and Ngoma District mayor, Aphrodise Nambaje sign the MoU. The New Times/ Stephen Rwembeho. Addressing mayors, and police officers at the ceremony last week, the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, said the MoU will reinforce accountability for effective community policing. Community policing is both a philosophy and an organisational strategy that allows the police to partner with  the community to address crime, and disorder in the community. The IGP, who took time to reflect on the progress of Community Policing Committees (CPCs) in the country, said the partnership between the police and the districts was expected to be one of the most successful in maintaining security in the country. He said communities in districts would work together with more commitment than ever to prevent and combat crimes. “Police need to balance effective crime control strategies with an equal appreciation of how citizens are involved. Strengthening CPCs thus will work out the basics. We are going to sign such MoU with all districts in the country,” Gasana said. Gasana noted that the MoU sent a message that involving all members of the community was important to reduce crime. “Every year, we prosecute between 8,000-10,000 people. This shows a gap in crime prevention. We can reduce court’s work load, by enlightening people on a number of crimes committed due to ignorance,” Gasana said. The IGP pledged to train and develop the capacity of CPCs in the country, adding that high performing districts will be rewarded. “We have so far trained 90,000 members of CPCs in the country and we are going to continue.  CPCs excelling in security maintenance will be facilitated with vehicles,” he pledged. Odette Uwamariya, the Governor of Eastern Province, said local leaders enjoy good relationship with the police. She, however, urged the police to facilitate grassroots leaders operating in big cells with transport. “CPCs have been instrumental in curbing drug abuse, alcoholism, and domestic violence.

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Kigali launches third hygiene, security campaign

Officials of the City of Kigali, in partnership with the Rwanda National Police, have launched the 2014 six-month hygiene and security campaign. The Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho and students wash hands during a hygiene campaign. Sunday Times/File Held at the police headquarters in Kacyiru, the launch under the theme; “hygiene and security” will see operations carried out in the city’s hotels, homes, street taverns, hospitals, and public sanitation areas. The campaign, which is expected to end on June 16, 2014, will also focus on the safety of infrastructure such as roads and public offices. The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, highlighted security and hygiene as complementary components of the country’s development, urging people to always be sensitive to both elements. The Mayor of the City of Kigali (CoK), Fidele Ndayisaba, commended the police for continued efforts to ensure security and sanitation for the city and pledged prizes, that include vehicles, for the best performers. “We hope that many people in the city will take this campaign with personal interest,” he said. By Ambroise Agaba,The New Times

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Senegalese officials tour police anti-GBV facility

A delegation from Senegal on Tuesday visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) headquarters in Kacyiru, Kigali as part of a study tour aimed at ascertaining Rwanda’s approach to the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The delegation, comprising mainly officials from Senegal Police Force, Justice and Health ministries, lawyers as well as officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, hailed Rwanda police’s strategies against the vice. The head of the team, Marie Mangou, said: “Our visit is aimed at acquiring  experience on how to tackle GBV in our country, and the RNP’s strategy,” Mangou said. She also lauded the good relationship between Rwanda and Senegal. Besides decentralising its gender desk to the district level and providing free medical, and psycho-socio and legal support to GBV victims, RNP also conducts periodic campaigns aimed at sensitising the masses about the need to fight  GBV. The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration and Personnel, Stanley Nsabimana, also commended the existing relationship between the two countries, adding that fighting GBV is one of the force’s priority areas. Nsabimana said the Force is “proud and committed” to sharing its experience to help enhance peace and security in other countries. “We look at cooperation beyond boarders as one of the effective and efficient ways of ensuring the safety of our people,” Nsabimana said. The delegation also toured different RNP anti-GBV facilities such as Isange One-Stop-Centre and the gender desk. The New Times

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Police intercept drug-packed vehicle

Police last week have arrested a car carrying four sacks of marijuana on Kibungo-Kigali road in Eastern Province. A driver of the Toyota car registration number RAB 043P, travelling during the night, is said to have escaped, leaving the car behind. “Since we have the number plate we will be able to track the owner of the car from Rwanda Revenue Authority’s database,” said police spokesperson in the Eastern Province, Supt Emmanuel Karuranga. He said that the police waylaid the car after receiving a tip from residents in Eastern Province’s Kirehe District. “In the past, the police in the area have also arrested drug smugglers trying to take marijuana to Kigali via Kirehe District from Tanzania,” he said. “Some carry it in bags or on motorcycles to escape the police check points and most of the time it is done at night”. Supt Karuranga said that more road blocks, patrols, and other security enforcements have been put in place as key solutions to drug smuggling on the Rwanda-Tanzanian border in the Eastern Province. The mayor of Kirehe District, Protais Murayire, said that the main challenge in the fight against drugs is that smugglers have created more illicit entrances in areas near the border with Tanzania such as Musaza, Kigarama, Nyamugari, Mahamba, Mpanga and Gahara. “We used to get three to six cases of drug smuggling in Kirehe, but the trend is dropping,” Murayire said. He urged that more efforts be put in the rehabilitation of drug takers, arguing that as long as the demand for the drug exists, the smugglers will always create more tricks to illicitly bring it into the country. The Rwanda National Police say that most of the drugs brought inside the country pass by the illicit entrances in districts that are on the country’s border with neighbouring countries such as Nyagatare and Gicumbi districts bordering Uganda, and Rubavu district bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. By Clément Uwiringiyimana,The New Times

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Driving licence to be acquired in one day

Effective the New Year, driving licences will be acquired within 24 hours of the driving exam. Ndayisaba explains to a driver the meaning of a road safety sticker before placing it on his car. The New Times/ T.Kisambira. This was announced by  the Rwanda National Police during the launch of the annual Traffic Week at Nyabugogo Bus Terminal in Nyarugenge District yesterday. The Deputy Commissioner General of Police in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, said the new system will start effective January 2014. He said the initiative is aimed at improving service delivery. “This is another way of ensuring safety on our roads. There is no need for someone to acquire a forged permit when they can easily get one through the right channels. This is why we continue to ease the processing of the documents,” said Munyuza. In may this year, police reduced the time of acquiring a driving licence from three months to two weeks. The traffic department has for  the past one year been undergoing a string of reforms, some of which include improving technology,  and upgrading software to detect any error in the licence details before it’s printed out. This has significantly reduced the production timeframe. Accidents reduce Munyuza said traffic accidents reduced by 34.9% in 2013 compared to the previous year. Last year, 933 road accidents were reported countrywide  compared to 509 road accidents reported this year. “About 15 per cent of the accidents involved commercial motorcyclists. This is why we are sensitising them. They should know that they are the prime beneficiaries of observing traffic rules,” he said. Munyuza said as part of ensuring road safety during the festive season, police officers will be deployed to help members of the public who would not be in position to drive themselves home. The Mayor of City of Kigali, Fidele Ndayisaba, urged city residents to report cases of violation of traffic rules. “If you do not report these cases, you will be putting your life in danger. Do not let motorists behave recklessly while driving you. The police is always available any time you need them. You shouldn’t wait for trouble to call them,” the mayor said. He also advised pedestrians to respect traffic lights and use zebra crossings whenever possible. One of the taxi drivers, who only identified himself as Yves, backed the campaign, saying that one of the major causes of road accidents is driving while using a cell phone and drunk driving. In a separate interview with The New Times, the Executive Secretary of the Association of Insurers in Rwanda, Jean Pierre Majoro, also expressed concerns over the number of accidents involving motorcyclists. ...

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Police issues Christmas message

Fellow Rwandans, on behalf of Rwanda National Police, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. During this year, a strong and tremendous partnership was realised between the public and the Police; resulting in crime reduction by 2.1 per cent in this last quarter alone and a reduction of road traffic-related offences by 34.9 per cent in the same period compared to the last quarter of the festive season. The most common crimes reported include assault, theft,  and defilement/rape which were as a result of domestic conflicts, drug abuse and drunkardness. On the otherhand, road-related offenses were caused by over speeding, drunkenness, violating traffic lights and not respecting Zebra Crossings. To abate crime, various policing measures were initiated, such as: sensitisation and and reinforcing community policing programmes. The decentralization of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Centres (MIC) and various preventive measures such as the road safety campaigns were the main causes of the decrease in traffic-related offenses. Also during this year, we have experienced natural calamities, resulting into loss of lives and property. The effect of these calamities has been aggravated by people living in high risk zones. Next year’s goal The Rwanda National Police’s vision is to make Rwandans feel secure. We want to make this vision a reality in 2014. We, therefore, request you to help us fulfill our mission, which is to deliver quality service, accountability and transparency, safeguard the rule of law and provide a safe and crime free environment for all through the following: nGiving timely information about any security threat. *Respecting traffic rules and regulations Avoiding the excessive use of alcohol and drink driving *Stopping the use of narcotics and illicit brews *Moving from places highlighted as high risk zones

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