The Chairperson of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPPCO), Ernest Quatre has lauded the Rwanda National Police (RNP) for being at the forefront in implementing the body’s resolutions
Quatre, who is also the Local Commissioner of Seychelles Police Force said this on March 5, 2014 at the RNP headquarters in Kacyiru where he was received by the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana and senior police officers.
“IGP Gasana and his team have been on the forefront to implement the body’s resolutions, I congratulate and wish them to move on with the good work,” Quatre told reporters shortly after the meeting.
Under his reign as the chair of the regional police body, between 2011 and 2012, IGP Gasana implemented 13 activities including operations to apprehend criminals in member countries.
The activities include the first ever Police Command Post Exercise (PCPX) held in Rwanda in 2012, which covered specialized areas of terrorism, human and drug trafficking and Peace Support Operation (PSO).
The joint-play benefited 60 police officers from the 12 member states.
Rwanda also exclusively conducted the training of a number of officers from EAPCCO post conflict member countries namely; Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia in a variety of courses including Intermediate Command and Staff course, Strategic Command Course.
The first phase of “Operation Hope” was also conducted in Burundi, Rwanda Tanzania and Uganda.
The “Operation Hope” in which 80 people were arrested in Rwanda alone, targeted narcotic drugs, human trafficking and wildlife crimes.
Quatre also said that the pact signed March 3 between EAPCCO and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with ensure cooperation, sharing of information and intelligence to fight cross-border crimes and apprehend criminals.
“When you share information as a team, you become stronger to fight criminals or international organized crime,” he observed.
“Law enforcers plan but criminals also want to destabilize your plan. Criminals always want to overcome us, but as law enforcers we have to always be prepared; we cannot pull back, we therefore have to move forward to fight and prevent criminal activities,” he added.
IGP Gasana said RNP is committed to the success of EAPCCO and anything that will ensure sustainable peace and security on the African continent and beyond.