Ambassador of the United States, Erica Barks-Ruggles, and Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana, today signed a Letter of Agreement for partnership on police peacekeeping.
Under this agreement, the United States will provide Rwanda with training and other support for Rwandan National Police forces deploying to United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations around the continent.
Later this year police trainers from the United States’ International Police Peacekeeping Operations Support (IPPOS) program will work alongside Rwandan National Police trainers and commanders to prepare Formed Police Units and individual police officers for upcoming deployments to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Among the 10,000 military and 1,800 police peacekeepers mandated by the UN Security Council for the CAR mission, Rwandan National Police were among the first to deploy upon the transition to UN command in September 2014.
While initial efforts for the U.S.-Rwanda police peacekeeping training partnership will focus on CAR, Rwanda has more than 600 police deployed to other UN missions that may also be considered for training cooperation under this agreement in the future.
The United States IPPOS program has experience training partner police peacekeeping units with over 5,000 police from Nepal, Jordan, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, and Senegal, who have deployed for numerous United Nations missions, including to Haiti, Liberia, Darfur, Mali, and the Central African Republic.