The New Times (Kigali)

24 June 2014

Rwanda: 30 Train in Use of Criminal Tracking Software

A total of 30 people from Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Ministry of Justice and Immigration, yesterday, began a three-day training on the use of the Interpol communication tool called I-24/7.

I-24/7 is a software connecting all the Interpol member countries and helps trace wanted persons, stolen and lost documents as well as vehicles among others.

The training being, held at the RNP headquarters in Kacyiru, aims at equipping participants with knowledge and skills on how to use the software to detect wanted persons and other stolen or lost property.

The training was organised by RNP in partnership with Interpol.

The tool has since been decentralised to all borders.

Citing cybercrimes like fraudulent sales and hacking, Julius Maritim, a representative from Interpol, said the training will help in detecting crimes and enable police around the world to work together to make it a safer place.

The immediate former Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration and Personnel, Stanley Nsabimana, observed that "national boundaries are becoming meaningless to criminals."

"Effective and timely police communication across borders is essential in exchanging information so as to trace terrorists and other criminals," DIGP Nsabimana said.

By giving prosecution, immigration and RRA access to I-24/7 database, he said, it will enhance border security control and ease the work and information flow.

"Cyber crime is a threat to the entire world. There is need for cooperation among institutions concerned to combat these crimes," DIGP Nsabimana said.

He appealed to the officers to make good use of the training to acquire knowledge and skills that would enable them tackle cyber-related crimes effectively.

Among the areas to be exploited during the three days of training are National Central Bureau assessment based on the exchange of good practices and the 24 Interpol service standards, operational databases like stolen and lost travel documents (SLTD), stolen Motor-vehicles (SMV), nominal and Interpol child sexual exploitation (ICSE).

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