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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 urges public to vacate ‘high risk zones’

The Rwanda National Police has called upon families living in areas demarcated as ‘high risk zones’ to relocate to the new sites allocated by districts to avoid likely loss of lives. The call follows a heavy downpour on Tuesday evening, especially in the City of Kigali, which killed four people and left five others seriously injured. The injured are hospitalised at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK). ...

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Then the law said: Let the people smoke weed!

Uruguay’s decision to legalise the planting, selling, buying and smoking of marijuana has drawn controversy worldwide. The distance between Kigali and Montevideo is approximately 9,550km, a safe enough gap for Rwandans, but unfortunately drug abuse is a global tragedy. The adoption of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, was regarded as a milestone in the history of international drug control because it codified all existing multilateral treaties on drug control and extended the existing control systems to include the cultivation of plants considered raw material for narcotic drugs...

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140 Rwanda police officers depart for peacekeeping mission in Mali

One hundred and forty police officers under Formed Police Unit (FPU), will tomorrow depart for a peacekeeping mission in Mali. Some of the Rwanda National Police officers that will depart for the peacekeeping mission in Mali. The New Times/Courtesy The maiden contingent to serve for one year in the West African nation includes 17 females. The contingent will be headed by Chief Superintendent Bertin Mutezintare. While briefing the contingent yesterday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana, urged them to raise the country’s flag high by acting professionally and upholding discipline. He also told them to stick to the force’s core values and be good ambassadors. “Make good use of the training acquired to fulfill your mission assignments to bring about peace in Mali,” the IGP told the officers at the Police General headquarters in Kacyiru. Rwanda maintains about 600 police peacekeepers in eight missions including Haiti, Sudan, Liberia, Ivory Coast and South Sudan. Last year, Rwanda National Police inaugurated the Peacekeeping Training Centre at the Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari, and has since trained police officers from both Rwanda and regional countries. In September, the Director of the Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM) – police component – Maj. Gen (retired) Cyrille Ndayirukiye paid a courtesy call on IGP Gasana, during which they disccussed a partnership in peacekeeping pre-deployment training. “Rwanda National Police is advanced; we, therefore, came to discuss on how they can help us in areas of training, especially in peacekeeping missions,” Ndayirukiye said then. “It has deployed peacekeepers to different countries all over the world; they have deployed FPUs [Formed Police Unit]; you cannot deploy FPU unless you meet the UN required standards. This, therefore, confirms clearly to us that RNP is the right Police organ to help us in the field of training,” he stated. Rwanda’s Major Gen. Jean-Bosco Kazura is the force commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma). By Eric Kabeera,The New Times

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