At least 1342 police constables were on Monday passed out after completing ten-month Basic Police Training course at the Police Training School, Gishari in Rwamagana district.
Speaking at the pass out ceremony, the minister of justice, Johnston Busingye, commended the new police constables for their sacrifice, resilience and choosing to join police.
He urged the group to use the skills acquired from the training in their daily duties in contributing to the fulfillment of the police mandate.
He noted that the country’s security is guaranteed with crimes at the lowest and urged the new officers to maintain it.
“The unity, security, peace, and development we have were achieved due to patriotism and sacrifice. Today, security is guaranteed and crimes are at the lowest, like never before. This is the proper depiction of our country. We have an obligation to maintain it,” he said.
Providing security goes beyond our borders to international UN peacekeeping missions, he added.
He also said government remains committed to developing skills and capabilities of Rwanda National Police to the required standards through training and logistical support.
He observed that police plays an important role in implementing government programs through Umuganda, and human security programs which empower Rwandans through community policing.
The commandant of the training school, CP Vianney Nshimiyimana, said during the training, trainees were equipped with policing skills and enlightened on duties and responsibilities of police, road safety, cybercrime investigations, community policing, and physical drills.
Up to 1400 were recruited in August last year but 58 were not able to complete the course due to various reasons including poor health and indiscipline, according to Nshimiyimana.
The pass out ceremony was preceded by inauguration of newly built accommodation facilities for staff and trainees, and classrooms, at the training school.