try http://dbkschool.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at the 3rd IACP Sub-Saharan Africa Executive Policing Conference in Kigali, approved Rwanda on Monday, Kagame said “It is evident that the security challenges of the twenty-first century are increasingly sophisticated as well as global, and require international collaboration to effectively combat them.”
He said the meeting in Kigali, which is being attended by Police chiefs from different parts of the world is significant and timely, and “its outcomes should form the framework for improved security and development in our region and beyond, and enhance global police cooperation in combating crime.”
He reiterated the need for greater cooperation and integration and the use of technology to create a safer and more prosperous world.
Kagame emphasised the existing consensus among the leaders and people of their respective countries that “individually we can achieve a lot, but collectively we can develop even faster and more sustainably.
Second, we recognise the fact that development can only take place on the foundation of law and order. Law enforcement agencies therefore have a crucial role in ensuring peaceful conditions within which citizens can fully participate in the prosperity and well-being of their communities.
Third, we must appreciate our current realities, where in an increasingly globalized world, events in one country, region or continent have far-reaching consequences beyond national and natural borders. This inevitably includes security threats.”
Kagame further observed that these three elements – the historical mission of the police, its role in a modern, integrated political and economic setting, and common security threats – define the nature of effective law enforcement agencies in our time thus underlining the need for cooperation.
He added: “As nations develop, so do their institutions. In order to remain relevant to the environment in which they operate, law enforcement organizations must be prepared for new roles that come with shifting circumstances. Today’s effective police force therefore must understand these imperatives in order to fulfill its role as an institution that reflects the character, ideology and aspirations of individual nations, and the region within which they operate.”
Earlier, Uganda Police chief, Kale Kayihura warned that terrorism, violent demonstrations, cybercrime and corruption are affecting safety of countries and development in general and that Police forces should therefore be informed, organized and equipped to prevent such threats rather than dealing with the consequences.
Kayihura noted that criminal violence and increased urban mass protests have also put to test the current policing architecture, which requires review of tactics.
“If we sleep, we will find ourselves swallowed by bad groups who hide behind curtains of the so called peaceful protests that eventually turn violent. Effective policing must go beyond fighting crime by actively participating in solving problems, the root cause of crime,” he observed.
About 150 participants, who include Chiefs of Police, members of IACP and senior Police officers are expected to attend the two-day conference organised by Rwanda National Police and IACP under the theme “Contemporary Policing for a Safer World.”
In his address, Kagame said the countries’ collective aspiration is to improve the livelihoods of our people, adding, this can be achieved more effectively when resources and efforts are combined.
“In this regard, it is pertinent to ask: Do police forces in Africa share the ideology of the nations and region they serve? How prepared are they to meet the challenges of integration and globalisation? Only when we develop the requisite skills, expertise and equipment, and pool our resources and efforts for the shared benefit of our nations can there be effective responses to these questions,” said Kagame.
The existence of regional police organisations such as the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPPCO) in this region and similar others in south, west and central Africa is already an important part of the answer, said Kagame, adding, “at the continental level, I am pleased to learn that out of these regional efforts, a wider police organisation is being developed: the African Police Organisation.”
He pointed out that to take full advantage of prospects of immense opportunities that digital technology offers for development in general and policing in particular, it is critical that police forces are connected internally and across the region, and set up the requisite infrastructure for gathering and sharing information.
“However, we also recognise that technology often comes with a downside, including security threats at various levels. As citizens, governments and industrialists put technology to the service of humanity, criminals are also quick to adopt and abuse this tool. In some cases they are ahead of law enforcement agencies,” said Kagame.
“The emergence of cyber crime, which encompasses offences ranging from terrorism, money laundering, human trafficking, theft, fraud, drugs, blackmail and many more, constitutes a major challenge to police forces across the world. To ensure that technology remains a force for good and that criminals are kept in check, the police have no choice but to be on top of latest developments in technology. This requires rethinking and reshaping our approach to community policing.”
He called for the establishment of a technology-based global framework for law enforcement.
The President also pointed out the necessity of establishing greater harmonisation – of standards, regulations, laws and practices – in order to cope with the reality of globalisation and to safeguard the benefits of technology.
“This is why it is crucial to reinforce or create cooperation mechanisms and inter-operable policing technologies. This meeting will have served an important purpose if it comes up with such mechanisms between Africa and the rest of the world.”