According to ACP Damas Gatare the Commissioner for Public Relations and Community Policing , the suspects include six junior officers while others are Non-Commissioned Officers and Police Constables (PC).
According to Gatare, the police officers were arrested between May and September this year and are suspected of having received bribes ranging from Rwf1000 to Rwf1 million.
Gatare added that some of the officers took bribes to give out driving licenses, alter traffic fine receipts given to traffic offenders and to include their colleagues on the list for peacekeeping missions.
”Other officers received bribes from drug dealers to facilitate them in their illegal businesses,’’ explained the Commissioner for Public Relations.
Gatare further noted that 31 of the arrested officers have been sentenced to different terms by the Police Disciplinary Committee.
”Twenty seven of the officers will be discharged from the force while four others will serve their sentence and be reintegrated back in the force, added Gatare.
The commissioner for Public Relations and Community policing therefore warned all police officers not to indulge in corruption scandals.
“Corruption is zero-tolerance in Rwanda National Police,’’ warned Gatare.