The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda is in Algiers, Algeria where he is attending the 3rd General Assembly of the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL).
The two-day Assembly started on October 2, and was officially opened by the Minister of Interior and Local Government for Algeria, Hon. Dahamoun Mohamed. It is also attended by the Interpol Secretary General, Dr. Jorgen Stock, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Mr. Smaïl Chergui, Chiefs of Police, heads and representatives of regional and international Police organizations, among others.
In his opening remarks, Hon. Dahamoun said: “The achievement of the mechanism’s goals and strategy will reflect the determination and commitment of African police institutions to find purely African solutions addressing security-related problems and concerns, notably transnational organized crime and terrorism.”
The 3rd General Assembly of AFRIPOL provides an opportunity for African Police Chiefs to deliberate on functional and organizational aspects, and exchange views and experiences on preventing and combating various forms of transnational organized crime.
Particularly, during the two-day Assembly, participants will discuss, among other aspects, the regional crime situation, challenges and cooperation as well as response to threats of transnational organized crime and terrorism on the continent.
AFRIPOL was established under the aegis of the AU as an independent mechanism for police cooperation for member states of the African Union. Its main objective is to establish a framework for police cooperation at the strategic, operational and tactical levels between member states’ police institutions.
Since its creation in the year 2000, Rwanda National Police (RNP) has actively joined and participated in regional and international police groupings like Interpol, AFRIPOL, Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), East African Community Northern Corridor Integration Projects (EAC-NCIP) and engaged in peacekeeping missions, among others.
RNP maintains over 1000 police peacekeepers in various UN missions. RNP also signed about 30 MoUs under bilateral arrangements and about 10 others under multilateral frameworks.