The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda has challenged police officers to protect and promote gender equality in areas of their operations.
He was speaking on Monday as he officiated at the opening of a five-day workshop of 60 Police officers, who act as Gender Focal Points in districts, held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
Majority of the Gender Focal Points are station commanders.
The workshop was organized to empower the officers in strategic management and leadership and one of the major factors for sustainable development.
It is in line with the implementation of the RNP gender policy on gender promotion to promote and empower women officers and improve their capacities in decision making.
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DIGP Marizamunda reminded participants that they represent the institution in implementing its gender promotion policy, among other initiatives, and urged them to be catalysts in the execution process.
Rwanda National Police, he said, is committed to Rwanda’s gender policy including attaining the 30 percent minimum threshold for women population in all public institutions.
Currently, women police officers account for over 20 percent of the total RNP population.
He urged them to be defined by discipline, integrity and moral values.
“The people come to you and look up to you for solutions to their problems and you should handle their issues with utmost professionalism; be exemplary to your subordinates and work as a team in response to the needs of the people,” DIGP Marizamunda said.
The workshop will tackle issues related to conflict prevention and management, command and control in police stations, leadership and community policing, among others.
Other topics to be covered include ethics and force discipline, customer care and service delivery; gender mainstreaming; GBV prevention and crime response and effective communication and public relations.