The discussions to tackle such crimes were held by senior police officers from two countries in Huye District, Rwanda on October 5, 2013.
The meeting aimed at reviewing the existing partnership and laid more strategies to fight and prevent crimes through joint trainings, operations, criminal exchange and social activities like sports.
The Burundian Police Chief CPP Andre’ Ndayambaje who was accompanied by his deputy, CCP Godefroid Bizimana, commended the tremendous steps taken by the two sides in dealing with security threats
CCP, Ndayambaje also thanked Rwanda National Police for its support, especially in the field of training.
The two forces, in May last year, signed a bilateral pact to jointly eliminate cross border security threats like human and drug trafficking and cybercrime.
“This cooperation has achieved a lot, which we should continue to build on to further ensure safety of our people and create an environment that favours investment,” said Emmanuel K. Gasana, Inspector General of RNP.
Among the achievements is the arrest and exchange of criminals like thieves and drug dealers, and joint trainings.
Burundi has since sent their police officers for training in Rwanda, including a contingent of 200 officers, who completed a peacekeeping pre-deployment course at the Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari, Rwamagana District, mid this year.
Rwanda National Police also handed over a Burundi national, who was apprehended in the country last week following a warrant of arrest issued by the Burundi Police force.
The suspect is said to have stolen musical instruments before escaping to Rwanda.
Rwanda, Burundi police discuss cross-border crimes