Rwanda National Police
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K Gasana, yesterday, presided over the pass out of 27 dog handlers at the Canine Brigade headquarters in Masoro, Gasabo District.
Also passed out are 27 K-9 that completed the similar two-week intensive training offered by the Police Dog Center Holland that also supplied the highly skilled sniffer dogs.
K-9 means a dog that is specifically trained to assist Police and other law enforcement personnel in, for example, searching for drugs and explosives, locating missing people, finding crime scene evidence, and protecting their handlers.
The certification preceded a demonstration of the dog skills in sniffer search for narcotics and explosives.
In his remarks, IGP Gasana said that RNP is committed and will explore every possible avenue in delivering safety for all people leaving in Rwanda.
“The vision of the leadership is about the intertwined aspects of development and security. There is always need for advanced skills and resources to protect what has been achieved and even achieve more. This is why our canine brigade, which contributes reasonably to security, keeps expanding,” said the Police Chief.
The skills and resources gained by the k-9 brigade, according to the IGP, are a scientific proof of these dogs’ ability in prevention of emerging crimes like terrorism.
He emphasized the need for more skills.
“We have to always evolve with the trends especially through acquiring specialized skills. This is why we want to expand our canine brigade and eventually mature into a breeding center.”
The IGP also hinted on future plans of having a dog unit at all entry points and securing all public events.
Besides the sniffer dogs, RNP also intend to have guard and attack dogs that are used to subdue suspects or enemies, and provide security for sensitive or controlled areas.
The newly acquired dogs are from different breeds including, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers
Ramon Guerain, one of the instructors from Police Dog Center Holland, said: “These dogs come from for the best of the best breeds, and it’s a good choice.”