The Northern Region Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bertin Mutezintare met with 65 judicial police officers operating in the region on January 22, and urged them to aim for “quality” and evidence-based in their judicial duties.He singled out fighting corruption as one of those areas that requires their immense skills to ensure fair justice.The officers were undertaking a one-day training of ‘effective service delivery.’
“Effective service delivery is a must do in effective policing. Recently, we launched the Citizen Service Charter that illustrates the rights of those seeking police services, and obligations of officers to service seekers. As judicial police officers you should ensure the success of this charter,” ACP Mutezintare said.
The Charter developed by RNP in partnership with Transparency International-Rwanda, launched in last December came as an additional step in service excellence at all police levels.The RPC noted that police services to the public goes hand-in-hand with efforts to improve the efficiency, especially of police stations, which handle the most majority services needed by the people.
“Be ethical at all times, avoid and fight all sorts of corruption,” he said.Collette Ndabarushimana, from Transparency International – Rwanda, who also attended the session, said: “this training further bridges the gap between the police and the people… Rwanda National Police has played a top role in fighting corruption that’s why we are hopeful this training is adding value to the law enforcement efforts.”
“Where there is poor service delivery, corruption tends to cloud everything, and we all know it’s an intolerable tradition in Rwanda that should be given due attention in fighting it,” Ndabarushimana said.