[PHOTOS]: Counter-terrorism exercise ends on high note
A combined command post and field training exercise on counter-terrorism, and public order management ended on Saturday at the Police Training School (PTS) Gishari in Rwamagana District.
A total of 125 officers drawn from different units of Rwanda National Police (RNP) took part in the two-week exercise codenamed: “Crackdown.”
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, while presiding over the official closing of the exercise, observed that terrorism is a global security threat that requires readiness, capacity and capabilities to deter evil plans by terror groups.
“There were failed attempts by some terror groups like FDLR and RNC to destabilize our country about five years ago. However, we need to note that the region remains fragile to terrorism, which calls for continuous training and developing modern methods of dealing with terror to detect and deter such evil plans,” IGP Gasana said.
He said that such terror attempts provided a big lesson to always be prepared with modern response skills and hi-tech equipment to be in control.
This, he added, is a deliberate plan for every police officer to acquire such anti terror and public order management skills.
The Police Chief challenged participants to make use of the acquired knowledge and skills whenever need arises.
“Training in counter terrorism, public order management and other policing fields is key for the force to professionally achieve its policing mandate and to make people and their property safe,” he said.
During the two weeks, participants covered key aspects such as; Command post set up, interoperability in counter terrorism operations, First aid and Voice procedures.
Other lessons include operations in built up areas, operation orders and briefs, air support, map reading and hostage rescue.