Regional counter-terrorism training ends at National Police College
Twenty-four Police officers and investigators from Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, yesterday, completed a counter-terrorism training at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.
The 12-days intensive training focused mainly on bomb disposal.
It was organised in partnership with the regional police body, the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and international police (Interpol).
Speaking at the closure of the training, the commandant of NPC, Commissioner of Police (CP) Felix Namuhoranye, thanked the Institute for Security Studies for organizing this high level course and to further develop the EAPCCO standard training manual for the counter terrorism related skills development.
He appealed to participants to transfer the acknowledge acquired to their colleagues in their respective countries
“Terrorism is a globe security threat in general and the region in particular, such training is vital as it gives us the necessary expertise and skills to effectively address this issue,” said CP Namuhoranye.
He noted that such training is key in confronting current and emerging security threats including terrorism which presents significant threat to peace and security to the world.
“Even the most experienced bomb disposal expert must undergo continuous training to keep updated," he noted.
He urged participants to maintain their professional networks which he said is an effective tool to deter any criminal acts through information and deny safe haven for criminals in either country.
Gideon Kimilu, the head of the Interpol Regional Bureau, reiterated the benefits of continuous professional development, which equips law enforcement officers with skills to confront any threat to peace and security in their respective countries.
He thanked the Canadian Government through its embassy in Kigali for the financial support and to make the training possible.
Kimilu also thanked the National Police College (NPC) for facilitating and hosting the training.
The Training was conducted by experts from the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).