President Paul Kagame on Friday morning officiated the Rwanda National Police's 17th Anniversary and the passing out of the 363 cadets who successfully completed a one-year course at the Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari.
In a colorful ceremony at Nyamirambo stadium in Kigali, which was attended by parents, relatives, friends of the cadets and government officials, Justice Minister Johnston Busingye promoted the graduates – 33 of which were women – to the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police.
With regards to RNP’s anniversary, President Paul Kagame thanked local communities who work hand in hand with police to maintain security, fight crime and uphold the rule of law.
“The police cannot achieve its mission on its own; they can only succeed with the collaboration of citizens. We must be defined by values of discipline, self-respect, respect of others and hard work to develop our nation,” he said.
“Security is the foundation of the progress which we have achieved to date and the wellbeing of our citizens,” the President added. “We know our past and the future we want. Let us work together to uphold security in our nation and region.”
Police Commissioner Vianney Nshimiyimana said the cadet course Intake 09/16-17 that passed out today started on 31th August 2016 with 370 trainees, 20 of whom from the Rwanda Correctional Services. They included serving police officers and warders, and newly recruited civilians, and acquired knowledge and skills to ensure safety and security for people living in Rwanda.
Minister Busingye thanked President Kagame for joining Rwanda National Police 17th anniversary celebrations as a manifestation of the value accorded the work of Rwanda National Police.
“This is an occasion to reflect on the force’s values, mandate, achievements and lay Policing strategies,” Minister Busingye said.
The ceremony constitutes the climax of Police Week 2017, a month of RNP community outreach activities conducted countrywide.