The Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, on July 29, officiated at the pass out of ‘Officer Cadet’ intake 8 at Police Training School (PTS) Gishari where he commissioned 429 officers.
The Minister, who represented the Head of State, commissioned the officers to the rank of “Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP).”
The graduands started the course in May last year and they include 55 females and 14 Allied Students; 10 from South Sudan, two from Uganda and two others from Namibia.
The graduands also include 10 officers from Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS), who were also awarded the rank of Assistant Inspector of Prisons.
While commissioning the officers, Minister Harerimana congratulated them upon successfully completing the training which lasted for 15 months.
“This is an indication of the value Rwanda attaches to safety and security and lesson learnt at the expense of insecurity which we all witnessed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. If the country had good leadership and focused security agencies striving for the best of the country and residents, we wouldn’t have lost lives. ”
He noted the level of development the county has attained in terms of good governance, justice, economy and welfare wouldn’t have been realised if security organs hadn’t played a role.
He commended RNP for it’s professional services both at home and across borders in peacekeeping.
To the graduands, he said: a“This is your day that you stood up for. Being an officer holds weight…it is a sign of patriotism, a spirit you should intill in others you lead or encounter; as officers you should always be ready to sacrifice and serve your country with honor.”
“This doesn’t only strengthen our country-to-country ties but also strengthens cooperation between our security organs in maintaining peace and security across the African continent,” the Minister said.
He further thanked parents for allowing and supporting their sons and daughters to serve their country.
The Commandant of PTS, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that the cadet course is designed to enrich the knowledge and skills of the already serving officers and transforms the recruited civilians to the officership standard.
“We are confident that the package they covered will help them make informed judgements and decisions while executing police mission, ” CP Kabera said.
The graduands covered both theoretical and practical sessions including police duties, drills, weapon training, operation staff work and police operations.
This is the fourth cadet course to be conducted at PTS; previous intakes were conducted at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District. At least 1839 officers have graduated in all eight cadet courses.