The inspector general of police Emmanuel K. Gasana has called on officers to use high moral values and professionalism in their job.
He made the call on Sunday while briefing police officers operating in the City of Kigali, as part of periodic meetings by RNP leadership with police units countrywide, mainly to review the performance of the units and further enforce discipline.
It also serves as a platform to identify and respond to any existing issues raised by the officers.
Gasana reminded them of their duty to maintain security and urged them to reject and fight all forms of malpractices such as corruption.
“Malpractices such as corruption or drunkenness don’t depict qualities of a professional police officer and the force in general. These are intolerable acts that have negative effects to the national image,” he said.
The police chief also highlighted the need for speedy and conclusive investigations of cases in a professional manner.
He urged the officers to strengthen their partnership with the public and local entities to make community policing effective in detecting, fighting and preventing crime.
At the same time, the deputy IGP in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, met with police officers of the Traffic and Road Safety department, emphasising the need to streamline their operations and a stronger approach to corruption.
He lauded officers who have exercised integrity and stood by the core values of the force, resisted corruption and arrested those who attempt to bribe them.
About 50 people, mostly drivers, have been arrested since the beginning of this year for attempting to bribe officers; last year, more than 200 were arrested.