Thirty-two senior law enforcement officers from five regional countries, on Friday, June 25, completed the ninth intake of the ‘Police Senior Command and Staff Course (PSCSC)’ at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.
The officers are from the host Rwanda, Kenya, Namibia, Somalia, and South Sudan. Rwandan students include those from Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) and Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).
The graduation ceremony held at the College was presided over by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye.
It was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, Commissioner General-RCS, Juvenal Marizamunda, RIB Secretary General, Col (rtd) Jeannot Ruhunga, Governor Northern Province, Donatilla Nyirarugero, the Deputy IGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza as well as representatives from South Sudan Police Service and Somalia Police Force.
Minister Busingye commended the graduands for the remarkable efforts, hard work, team spirit, dedication, and resilience that they showcased in the pursuit of success during the critical period of the Covid-19 pandemic, which made their learning environment less conducive.
“Despite this challenging situation, however, you have overcome and today we are here to celebrate the harvest of your hard work and perseverance. As you are celebrating, you should remember that no matter how successful you have been, there is still more to do, more to learn and more to achieve,” Minister Busingye said.
He noted that peace, security, governance, justice and development are interlinked and interdependent.
“In Rwanda, we have witnessed how identity politics, bad governance, unequal access to opportunities and resources, discrimination, exclusion, civil unrest, structural impunity, and other evils that Rwandans experienced, led to the tragedy of Genocide against the Tutsi and endemic poverty. We have, on the other hand, observed how unity and reconciliation, justice and good governance contribute to social harmony, peace and accelerated development that places Rwanda among the rapidly growing economies in the world” the Minister said.
Rwanda, he added, has learnt that security is no longer state-centric, and that the nature of contemporary threats has made it more human-based.
In the face of this reality, Minister Busingye emphasized the need for highly trained, professional, human rights abiding and disciplined law enforcement officers, combining strategic command aspects and a full understanding of national, regional and global peace and security dynamics that allow them to respond to any law enforcement challenge of their time and the future.
Minister Busingye observed that the complexity of contemporary law enforcement challenges associated with sophisticated technologies in the commission of crimes, globalization requires law enforcement officers to be ahead of criminals to be able to intercept their enterprises before they succeed.
The current policing environment, he added, calls for regional and international cooperation, joint training, experience, and information sharing, as well as joint strategies to respond to identified challenges.
He took the opportunity to thank all countries that responded to Rwanda’s call to international cooperation in the field of training and to strengthen cooperation in other areas of law enforcement.
UR-vice chancellor, Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje said that the graduation is a memorable ceremony where hard work is colourfully appreciated as well as an opportunity to extend sincere gratitude to parents, friends, families, the Government of Rwanda, and other partners for their role in the one-year Masters programme.
“The University of Rwanda applauds you for having done tremendously well to deserve the full honours... and for reaching this milestone. Our confidence in you going out there to deliver better is high, because we have strong belief in the knowledge imparted into you over the last one year,” Prof. Lyambabaje said.
The one-year PSCSC comprises of two main components; a professional career programme, which leads to the award of a Past Staff Course (PSC) title, and a master’s programme in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation.
NPC Commandant, CP Christophe Bizimungu said that the course has achieved its objectives and that the core of the course programme was taught as scheduled including the lectures of opportunity delivered by highly experienced speakers, internal study tour, and a high-level symposium on Peace, Security and Justice.