Police officers operating in the City of Kigali held a one-day workshop on Police-Media working relations. Held at Kigali Metropolitan Police headquarters in Remera, the workshop was presided over by the Regional Police Commander-Central, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rogers Rutikanga and the Rwanda National Police(RNP) spokesperson, ACP Theos Badege. The Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), Emmanuel Mugisha also attended to share views from media practitioners.
This is part of initiatives geared at strengthening the existing partnership between the Rwanda National Police (RNP) and the media fraternity. ACP Badege pointed to the importance of the partnership, noting that the media is essential in ensuring that Rwandans are informed on different matters about national development. This includes sharing information that supports the police in crime prevention efforts as part of the community policing drive.
“Police and media are partners and share the same obligation to professionally implement and enforce the access to information law,” ACP Badege says.
He further emphasizes that RNP is eager to engage in dialogue forums with the media in order to enhance professionalism in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the duties of utmost importance to both parties.
On behalf of media, Mugisha attests that the working relations between the media and police has tremendously improved due to the existing RNP structures. These are in place to ensure that journalists get information, he further thanks the RNP for creating such platforms.
Police officers and RMC also discuss on various cases where journalists and the police have conflicted. Ideas are exchanged on how both sides can work together in a way that doesn’t affect the duties of the others.
Mugisha observed that accredited journalists, who should be given access to information in that capacity, are only those holding press cards. Therefore, he assures the police that he will do his best to sensitize journalists to always carry these cards with them. This may help them get the facilitation they need to do their work.