President Paul Kagame, on March 17, presided over the pass-out of 458 officer cadets, including 87 females, who successfully completed a one-year training course at the Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari, Rwamagana District.
In a colourful ceremony attended by heads of security organs, government officials, and parents and relatives of the graduants, the Head of State promoted the officers to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (AIP).
Among the team 41 of the officers are from Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS).
It is the sixth officer cadet intake to be conducted since the RNP was formed in June 2000 and the first of its kind to be conducted at PTS.
Previous cadet courses were conducted at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze.
The Head of State thanked the graduants for their resilience and for enduring the course challenges and added that the country expects a lot from them to ensure sustainable security.
He also lauded female officers who successfully completed the course saying, that “it’s an indication of the big role women play in the development of the country.
He urged the officers to use the acquired skills to further ensure security of people living in Rwanda and their property and to further build a law-abiding country.
The Head of state said the safety and security Rwandans enjoy today is the foundation to development and called upon the RNP to continue this great cause.
He also commended the force for establishing a polytechnic school – Gishari Integrated Polytechnic – to create a job creation community and for the current good Police-Public cooperation which he said is an indication of good governance.
The President observed that the Policing architecture is changing dimensions due to the emerging of modern and cross-border crimes such as terrorism largely facilitated by modern technology.
He explained that this also requires Police and other security organs to acquire more and modern skills and knowledge to always be ahead to foil criminals’ evil plans.
Fighting cross-border crimes, he said, requires cooperation between security organs both locally and internationally but called for vigilance because such foreign forces can also be a source of insecurity by supporting and conniving with enemies of the state.
The Head of State also reminded those who want to destabilize the country that their criminal deeds will haunt them.
“I am responsible for the good, development and security of Rwandans and whoever tries to destabilize the safety of Rwandans will pay the price. We will use the little we have to ensure the safety and security of Rwandans,” President Kagame said.
He also reminded those who ask him about the security of other countries to first ask him about the security of Rwanda.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Joseph Mugisha, the Commandant of PTS said the officers we equipped with skills to help them contribute a lot in making sure that people living in Rwanda feel safe, involved and reassured.
The officers, he said, were equipped with necessary skills in leadership, management, development and professional Policing such as ethics, law, road safety, crime prevention strategies, Community Policing and Peace Support Operations.