UK high commissioner pledges support to Rwanda Police

UK high commissioner pledges support to Rwanda Police

The United Kingdom High Commissioner to Rwanda, His Excellency William Gelling has pledged support to Rwanda National Police force in various capacity building initiatives.

He made the remarks while visiting the police force in Kigali on February 25, 2014.

Gelling said his government is committed to working with the Rwanda Police in potential areas of capacity building and training.

Areas of cooperation include fire and rescue and forensic training.

While commenting on the security in the country, the UK newly appointed high commissioner to Rwanda said he is impressed on how streets in Kigali are kept safe.

“I am very impressed; the officers are very smart, very good, and very polite. Every police officer I met on way as I was driving was excellent, I am genuinely impressed,” said Gelling.

The partnership between UK and RNP has also seen some police officers pursue master’s degree in criminology and Forensic sciences from the UK-based universities of Teesside and Bramhill.

ACP Damas Gatare, Police spokesperson said the IGP briefed the High Commissioner of the activities of the force to ensure security in the country and thanked the UK government for its continued support in various policing domains.

He pointed out capacity building of the force as a fundamental tool of which the RNP has embarked on in order to further ensure peace and security in the country and beyond its borders.

The United Kingdom supports RNP mainly in areas of capacity building such as forensic and crime investigation.

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