Police Senior Command and Staff Course Graduation
August 25, 2013-MUSANZE: Twenty eight Commissioners and senior Police officers will this Sunday graduate at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.
The Commissioners and senior officers from 12 African countries have been attending the maiden Police Senior Command and Staff course, which started on September 22, 2012.
The officers are from Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Zambia, Kenya, Somalia, Ghana, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and the host, Rwanda. Sixteen of the graduates are Rwandan and three out of all graduates are female.
The school, which was officially, inaugurated on 11 June, 2013 by His Excellence the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, moves to becoming an international centre of excellence in police training and development.
The courses, which are products of Rwanda National Police (RNP), are offered in partnership with the National University of Rwanda and the UK-based Bramshill College of Policing formerly known as the International Academy- Bramshill.
The college also gives the officers more knowledge and skills in tactical policing and offers them a global understanding of peace and conflict dimension.
The Police College which operated as a “Police academy” since 2001 until June this year when it was elevated to a college, has since conducted various courses including five officer cadet and four intakes of officer supervisory courses.
Others include police station commanders and intermediate command and staff courses.
The college also introduced other specialized academic programmes offering bachelor’s degrees in policing related fields. The college offers a masters degree in conflict management and can also offer a certificate of senior command.
In partnership with Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), it offers bachelor’s degree in Professional Police Studies (PPS), with 72 officers already graduated from this field.
Other two degree programmes offered by the college are Law and Information Communication Technology (ICT) offered in partnership with the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), respectively.
The college is in the process of transforming both Law and ICT courses into “criminology and Law” and “Information Security with focus to cyber and hi-tech crimes respectively, and will host the CID school.
Meanwhile, 36 other police officers who have been taking police professional studies (PPS) graduated on Thursday August 23, 2013. The PPS is a four-year course.