The Rwanda National Police provides details regarding the circumstances under which police officers were dismissed. The Cabinet dismissed 198 Police Officers of different ranks as a result of professional malpractice including lack of discipline, corruption, and other criminal offenses.
This decision was the culmination of an extensive process that managed a large number of cases, some dating as far back as 2013.
The implicated officers had been sentenced and had served different punitive measures including prison sentences. In accordance with RNP statutory and code of conduct regulations, the concerned individuals could not get reintegrated into the force upon completion of these sentences.
Those dismissed include one Superintendent, four Chief Inspectors, 23 Inspectors, 38 Assistant Inspectors, 65 Non-Commissioned Officers, and 67 Police Constables.
“It is a process that starts from the RNP to the Ministry of Justice and then the Cabinet,” the RNP spokesperson ACP Theos Badege says. “It is meant to provide due process to ensure that the implicated officers really committed the offenses they are accused of.”
ACP Badege notes that by dismissing officers, RNP ensuresforce discipline and professionalism among its staff. Moreover, it is a way to enforce the national policy of zero tolerance over corruption. He stressed that: “The momentum against professional misconduct remains strong”. However, those found guilty of crimes, or violating the police code of conduct; will always face consequences, with decisive measures, including “dismissal from the force”.