Rwanda yields big in international police cooperation
Cooperation, both locally and cross-border is one of the Rwanda NationalÂ PoliceÂ (RNP) priority policing areas to respond to the ever evolving transnational and organized crimes.
In an Interview, the Deputy Commissioner for Interpol andÂ Cooperation in RNP, Assistant Commissioner ofÂ PoliceÂ (ACP) Peter Karake, â€œpoliceÂ cooperationÂ is yielding good results in crime detection and preventionâ€ especially through the use INTERPOLÂ PoliceÂ information system.
RNP extended the INTERPOLÂ PoliceÂ information system best known as I-247, to all 13 border posts, and ACP Karake said the instant communication tool connecting all the 190 member countries has been effectiveÂ in responding to cross-border crimes.
â€œIn the last three years, for example, we have successfully intercepted 12 vehicles stolen from countries like Japan, Uganda, Kenya, UK and Belgium, seized 24kgs of cocaine worth US$720, 000 and nine hard drug traffickers, rescued six victims of human trafficking and recovered money valued at over Rwf32 million stolenÂ abroad and brought in Rwandaâ€ said ACP Karake.
â€œThrough this cooperation, genocide suspects hiding in other countries were also arrested and repatriated, illicit goods including food, counterfeit pharmaceutical and cannabis worth 40,000$USD were seizedÂ through joint operations,â€ he added.
He further explained that through regional bilateral partnerships, RNP has sent itsÂ police liaison officers andÂ to Kenya, Uganda and Burundi, which facilitates joint investigations and sharing of criminal information.
The three neighbouring police institutions are among signed cooperation agreement with RNP to jointly fight cross-border crimes, conduct joint training and share expertise.
â€œRNP has also particularly benefited in capacity building through exchange of best practices, training where officers acquire specific skills in investigating emerging modern crimes like cybercrime, human and drugs trafficking, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, sell ofÂ illicit goods and counter terrorism among others.â€
In the same context, eightÂ other PoliceÂ officers have been seconded to work in INTERPOL.
â€œThroughÂ policeÂ cooperationÂ Rwanda was entrusted to hosting different international and regionalÂ policeÂ meetings where global and regional decision are taken which also promotes tourism in our country,â€ said ACP Karake.
Among the international meetings include the 84th INTERPOL General Assembly, the Kigali International Conference Declaration to endÂ violence on women and girls,Â and the African regional conference on cybercrime and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), among others.
â€œWe have signedÂ cooperationÂ agreements with several countries focusing on sharing of criminal information, joint investigation, deployment ofÂ policeÂ attachÃ© and liaison officers to facilitateÂ policeÂ operations in areas ofÂ exchange of fugitives and criminal suspects, sharing expertise and experience, capacity building for policeÂ officers especially joint training, command post and field training exercises