Sixteen officers from Rwanda Nation Police (RNP) and Uganda Police Force (UPF), on June 27, began a week-long intensive training in key areas of crime management.
The training being conducted at RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru focuses mainly on critical criminal investigation knowledge and enhancing skills, which subsequently enables prosecution to build strong cases in court.
Officials said the training is organized and conducted in the existing framework between RNP and Germany Federal Criminal Police, and it follows similar other crime scene investigation trainings conducted previously.
The RNP acting Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jean Marie Twagirayezu, while officiating at the opening of the training on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, said that continuous training of police officers in various fields such as criminal investigations, traffic inspections among others, is a move in a positive direction towards achieving RNP’s vision of “people in Rwanda are safe, involved and reassured.”
Crime scenes investigators collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations.
“Preservation collection package, transportation and documentation of physical evidence left at the scene of crime are a prerequisite to improving rates of convictions and justice,” said ACP Twagirayezu.
He encouraged participants to utilize the opportunity to grasp as much information as possible for better management of justice processes.
“After this training, you should be able to link the suspect or victim to the scene, establish the identity of a victim or suspect; collaborate verbal witness testimonies and exonerate the innocent,” he said.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Joshua Mulwanyi, one of the participants from Uganda, said that “such advanced training improves justice by not allowing criminals to evade justice based on erasing of evidence.”
“The tools mainly cameras are hi-tech to the level of identifying every detail on the crime scene including finger prints; no criminal can escape justice with this level of crime scene scanning and processing,” said detective AIP Mulwanyi.
Another trainee, AIP Vincent Mugabo from RNP expressed confidence in the course content noting that it will enable him perfect his skills and be able to appropriately link physical evidence collected from the scene of crime and suspected to criminals.
According to Rüdiger Stransk, one of the trainers from Germany Federal Criminal Police, participants will be availed with crime scene processing field tools at the end of the course.