Police forces from Rwanda met their Burundian counterparts to strengthen bilateral cooperation.
Rwanda and Burundi Police chiefs held talks in Ngozi Province of Burundi to review the implementation of the existing partnership agreement between the two forces, and agree on the development of joint initiatives that will help them manage and respond to security challenges across the borders.
The meeting was attended by high ranking police chiefs from the two police institutions. The meeting was organized to review the implementation status of the memorandum of understanding between the two police institutions and follow up of their past recommendations.
The Inspector General of Police Emmanuel Gasana has lauded the existing ties between the Rwanda and Burundi Police forces, saying such relationships are playing a big role in curbing cross-border crimes.
In his remarks, Gasana noted that a lot had been achieved thanks to the existing relationships and partnership between the two countries.
Gasana said that the partnership between the two police forces is a strong pillar for peace and security and sustainable development.
The Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Burundian counterpart André Ndayambaje met in Ngozi Province of Burundi and discussed various policing cooperation areas.
IGP Gasana commended the achievements registered by the two forces so far especially in combating cross-border crimes, capacity building and exchange of information and criminals.
He outlined fighting human trafficking, terrorism, joint training and information sharing as key areas that should be given much emphasis to ensure safety and security of citizens in the two countries.
The Director-General of Burundi National Police, Ndayambaje also noted that the bilateral cooperation between the two police forces has been instrumental in curbing crimes across the borders.
He also thanked Rwanda National Police for training Burundi Police personnel in various policing fields.
A contingent of 140 police officers, last year, acquired training in peacekeeping at the RNP Peace Support training centre in Gishari while others were part of the first and second intake of the Senior Command and Staff course at the National Police College in Musanze district.
During the meeting both forces agreed to work together in responding to fire incidents, public order management, enhancing human trafficking counter-measures, sharing the existing I-24/7 communication network.