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Regional police officers train in cyber crime

25 February, at 16 : 39 PM Print

 Police officers attending Interpol course in Kigali

Police officers attending Interpol course in Kigali

Over thirty police officers from 22 countries across Africa are in Rwanda for a four-day Interpol course in cyber crime investigation.

The officials are from countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Mauritius, Djibouti, Lesotho, Mozambique and the host, Rwanda.

Others are from Interpol Zone V, which is Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Tanzania as well as four officers from Rwanda National Police including four officers from Interpol offices in Nairobi and France.

The training organized by Interpol in partnership with RNP, commenced on February 23, 2014.

Participants will cover various cyber crime investigation areas like social media investigation and how to preserve and report online data.


Other areas to be covered include Computer Forensics on VISA cases, Networking Internet Fundamentals, E-mails forensics and digital crime profiling.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), in charge of Administration and Personnel, Stanley Nsabimana, while officially launching the training, observed that ”ICT opportunities are exploited by organized cyber criminals.”

“Cyber crime is a threat to the entire world. There is need for cooperation among states to combat the scourge,” DIGP Nsabimana said.

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

According to a survey conducted by Deloitte in 2011, banks in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia lose about $245 million in cyber fraud.

About six cases of cyber related crimes were registered in 2011.

Cyber crime rates in Rwanda are not as alarming as they are in the rest of the world due to the average Internet penetration.

It is imperative that the fight against cyber crimes starts now because of its impacts, which are on the rise globally.

Cyber crimes include fraudulent sales, hacking, stealing of personal and private information online.


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