The Commander General of Carabinieri (Italian Police), Gen. C. A Giovanni Nistri, on Monday, visited Rwanda National Police (RNP), where he was received by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza at the General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
Carabiniere is the National Gendarmerie of Italy, policing both military and civilian populations.
IGP Munyuza and Gen. Nistri discussed existing cooperation modalities of enhancing policing relations between the two police forces following a bilateral agreement signed in January 2017.
The bilateral cooperation binds the two policing institutions to partner in areas of counter-terrorism, public order management, traffic and road safety, Peace Support Operations, aviation security, border security and cybercrime investigations, among others.
The meeting was also attended by the Italian Ambassador to Rwanda, with a residence in Uganda, Domenico Fornara, Italian Military attaché, the Deputy IGPs; Felix Ntamuhoranye of Operations and Juvenal Marizamunda of Administration and Personnel, among others.
Speaking during the meeting, Gen. Nistri observed that the current global emerging security challenges require international cooperation and that “strong commitment to bilateral relations is the key to successful policing responsibilities”.
He said that Carabinieri remains committed to enhancing the collaboration adding that their presence in Kigali is a “show of commitment” to the implementation of the cooperation pact.
“The security threats necessitate equipping the police with the military capabilities to make appropriate interventions,” the Commander General said, adding that sharing of expertise and information is important in fighting the current trend of transnational crimes.
He noted that the concept of stability policing take into account the respect for gender, diversity, ethics, discipline and observation of human rights.
IGP Munyuza said that cooperation, either locally or cross-border falls under the RNP key priorities in the face of the emerging security challenges.
Under the current MoU with Carabinieri, he said, RNP has greatly benefited from the knowledge and experience of their Italian counterparts.
IGP Munyuza said such engagements will go a long way in fast-tracking the implementation of bilateral agenda.
“Over 300 police officers have been trained in different areas such as Traffic and road safety, aviation security, public order management, counter terrorism, police dog handling, special operations and environmental protection, among others” said IGP Munyuza.
The Peace Support Training Center, one of the wings of Police Training School (PTS) Gishari, Rwamagana District, is also being upgraded as part of the partnership framework between RNP and Carabinieri.
Gen. Nistri later paid homage to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi at Kigali Memorial Centre-Gisozi; visited various training facilities and environmental protection activities among others.
He also toured various RNP facilities including Counter-Terrorism Training Centre (CTTC) Mayange, and expected to visit National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.