A team of 18 researchers and academicians from different countries across the world visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) headquarters, yesterday, to learn about the force’s policing strategies after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The team is on a six-day study tour, facilitated by the University of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-CASS) to study on Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Rwanda.
In RNP in particular, they wanted to learn about the “policing a post-genocide society.”
They will also visit other institutions in justice sector to understand the complex nature of rebuilding a society after genocide.
At the RNP headquarters, they were received by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Tony Kuramba, Commissioner of Interpol, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, who briefed them on the general situation and challenges involved in policing after 1994 in Rwanda.
“Policing a post-genocide society has been a difficult journey that required dedication, selflessness, resilience and a combination of initiatives and innovations,” ACP Kuramba said.
“RNP has been able to make a difference due to government support and the public partnership that was created along the way,” he added.
In a presentation by the Commissioner for Public Relations and Media, ACP Celestin Twahirwa, he elaborated the key priorities that were established by RNP in 2000, when it was created.
He highlighted capacity building, crime prevention and reduction strategy, community policing, international cooperation and peacekeeping and fighting corruption, among others, as some of the set key priorities.
He pointed out that most of the set priorities have been implemented to a greater extent while others are still on track.
“Strengthening crime prevention by building partnerships through communication policy between police, media and the public also played a crucial part in promoting safety and security, transparency, respect of human rights and accountability, which all support social transformation,” ACP Twahirwa, said.
After the session of questions and answers, Dr. Alphonse Mulefu from University of Rwanda, who is leading the delegation, noted that the “RNP’s post-genocide policing milestones speak for themselves particularly community policing and cooperation with other institutions.