AU police force finish training, for deployment


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana has said that Rwanda National Police (RNP) believes in quality training as a “cornerstone for institutional success and the best welfare for any serviceman” to confront emerging security challenges.

He made the remarks on June 17 as he officiated the closing of a ten-day African Union Police Pre-deployment course at the Police Training School (PTS) Gishari in Rwamagana District.

The course which was organized in partnership with Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) and Germany International Cooperation (GIZ), is designed to achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) for the multinational peace support operations  and was attended by 54 Police officers from EASF member states and Denmark.

Participants are from Comoros, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda.

The Police Chief congratulated trainees for successfully completing the course and challenged them to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills for the best of the African people, where they will be deployed.

“We need to understand the environment we are operating in and that’s why we need to share security architecture of the region and beyond. We need to always enhance our mutual cooperation through training like this,” he added.

Training is a new chapter of cooperation between Denmark and EASF member countries, Assistant Police Commissioner Pelle Redder, EASF Senior Police Advisor, who also represented the Danish government at the event, said.

One of the trainees, Superintendent Kim Refshammer from Denmark thanked RNP for according them the “most appropriate environment for training.”

“We had highly skilled instructors who taught us a lot that is relevant with modern day policing and peacekeeping,” Refshammer said.   The course was aligned with peacekeeping missions in Africa.

Throughout the course, officers covered aspects of AU and EASF common systems and how to address policing challenges in peacekeeping missions, including the emerging asymmetric threats.

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