Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rwanda: Police to set up radio station

The Rwanda National Police has announced plans to establish its own radio station, a move aimed at getting further closer to the public and easy means of fighting crimes.

The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana disclosed this yesterday during the celebrations to mark the force’s 12th anniversary, also called ‘Police Day’, held at the force’s headquarters in Kacyiru.

Formed on June 16, 2000, under the law No. 09/2000, the Rwanda National Police (RNP) was created out of three institutions which had police mandate at a time.

They included Gendarmerie National which was under the Ministry of Defence, the Communal police, under the Ministry of Local Government and played the force’s administrative role and judicial police which was under the Ministry of Justice.

Gasana also said that plans are underway to recruit more officers, to meet the ratio of police to public, especially the number of female officers, which is now 19 percent of the over 10000 total police force.

The number of female police officers is scheduled to increase to 30 percent by June 2014.

Promoting ICT in police activities, acquiring more policing equipment and decentralising Gender Based Violence (GBV) health centres to offer free medical services to victims, Gasana added, are the other future plans, all aimed at creating a professionalised force.

(Source :  The New Times Rwanda)

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