Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Regional Police Officers Begin Peace-Keeping Training In Rwanda

Officers undergoing peacekeeping trainingFifty two police officers from the eight Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM) member countries on Monday started a two weeks United Nations Police Officers Course (UNPOC) at the Peacekeeping Training Centre in Gishari, Rwamagana District.

The course is dubbed “Turning Professional Police Officers into Competent Peace Keepers.”

Deputy Inspector of Police in Charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, while officially opening the course, asked participants to take it “serious,” adding that the onus of restoring peace in needy countries rests on their shoulders.

He described them as ambassadors of peace and said that the course is vital if they are to accomplish their duties effectively.

“Rwanda having been affected by serious conflict that resulted in one of the most horrendous genocide in the world, is committed to do all in its ability to ensure such atrocities do not happen elsewhere.

This partly explains why to date, Rwanda remains one of the largest contributors to peace missions globally,” said Munyuza. He thanked EASFCOM for choosing Rwanda to conduct the course.

The officers being trained are from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, and the host Rwanda.

Superintendent Wanderi Mwangi, the Training and Evaluation Officer at the EASFCOM- Police Component, commended the government of Rwanda and Rwanda for its efforts in restoring peace worldwide.

Wanderi urged trainees to make good use of this opportunity so as to acquire skills and knowledge required of them to professionally serve to the required standard.

The Course will tackle theory and practical exercises, challenges in mission areas and techniques of overcoming them.

It will also handle key issues such as the back ground of the African Union, the dynamics of peace keeping operations and the expected conduct, as well as discipline of a United Nations African Union Officer.

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Regional Police Officers Begin Peace-Keeping Training In Rwanda


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