Uganda police officer CP Moses Kafeero received an award for the best commander’s paper on the Police Senior Command and Staff Course in a graduation held Sunday at the National Police College (NPC).
Twenty-six police officers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda, attended the fifth intake of the Police Senior Command and Staff Course.
The one year course covers professional executive leadership, strategic management and development, command, strategic policing skills in contemporary setting as well as a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation.
The graduation ceremony presided over by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, coincided with the pass-out of two other courses; Police Tactical Command and Police Junior Command and Staff Course of 40 and 20 police officers, respectively.
The four-month intensive Tactical command course is designed to enrich the officers’ operational skills at tactical level.
Busingye said that such courses are a clear testimony of the commitment of Rwanda National Police to build the personnel capacity of all levels of its command structure in order to fulfil its mandate.
He asserted that the rule of law, law and order and development are closely interlinked.
The minister further noted that well trained, professional and disciplined law enforcement institutions, delivering according to international and constitutional principles of human rights in compliance with the law, sustainably underlie around development.
“Effective response to complexities of the contemporary policing environment associated with globalisation, use of sophisticated technology in the commission of crime, transnational organised crimes and other global realities require regional and international cooperation, sharing experience and harmonisation of training,” he said.
He underscored that in the rapidly changing world, people also need to participate in policing and are “entitled to expect and receive accountability from the institutions on how they are served, and to take this relationship for granted.”
Rwanda’s tragic history and Africa’s law enforcement challenges in general, he said, defines the importance of pools of officers who combine strategic command dimension with full understanding of national, regional and global peace and security dynamics.
He urged course participants to maximise their skills and be catalysts of law enforcement for the wellbeing of the people in their respective countries and Africa in general.
He also pledged the government’s commitment to support RNP’s capacity building efforts, adding that the on-going police restructuring is being “carefully implemented to place our law enforcement institutions ahead of current and future service expectations.”
The Commandant of NPC, Commissioner of Police (CP) Felix Namuhoranye, said that the Police senior, Junior and tactical courses were introduced to ensure a comprehensive approach to human resource development by combining professional and academic aspects.
These vertical and horizontal training packages, he added, are customised in line with the changing nature of the security landscape.
“The ultimate goal is to prepare officers to effectively operate within a policing environment that is becoming increasingly sophisticated and challenging not only because of the complexities in post-conflicts situations but also because of the paradigm shift in crime trends that are transnational in nature,” Namuhoranye said.
The joint events were also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, State Minister in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Evode Uwizeyimana and Ethiopia’s ambassador to Rwanda,
Chief of Staff Major Gen. Jacques Musemakweli, Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Services George Rwigamba, Secretary General of NISS Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita, Deputy IGPs Dan Munyuza of Operations and Juvenal Marizamunda of Administration and Personnel also graced the event.