• INTERPOL Kigali
  • Member since :
    19 September 1974
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Rwanda National Police


Making people living in Rwanda feel safe, involved and reassured.


  • Deliver high quality service;
  • Perform with accountability and transparency;
  • Safeguard the rule of law;
  • Provide a safe and crime-free environment for all.

Core Values

  • Justice and respect for human rights;
  • Integrity;
  • Stability and social order;
  • Team work and partnership;
  • Openness;
  • Accountability;
  • Community relations focus;
  • Professional conduct, efficiency and effectiveness.


Located at the Kigali national police headquarters, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Rwanda is directly under the command of Rwanda’s Inspector General of Police. INTERPOL Kigali focuses its activities on providing other Rwanda National Police departments with the services and tools they need to tackle transnational crime and bring fugitives to justice.  The NCB has a strength of 30 Police officers, with 20 of them seconded to Rwanda’s border posts and international airport where they help boost national security by using INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system I-24/7 and its criminal databases.  


INTERPOL Kigali is made up of five divisions:

1. Transnational Organized Crime:

  • Transnational Crime Division;
  • Operations & Crime Intelligence Analysis Division;
  • Sensitization Program Division.

2. Fugitive Investigations Support:

  • Fugitive Tracking and INTERPOL Notices Division;
  • Regional Alert Lists Division.

3. I-24/7 Management and Information Systems:

  • Data Protection and Management Division;
  • Contact Office & I-24/7 Borders / Airport Liaison Division;
  • Technical Support Division.

4. Administration, Capacity Building & Logistics:

  • Personnel, Capacity Building & Finance Division;
  • Logistics Division;
  • Events Management, Protocol & Customer Care Division.

5. Research & Documentation:

  • Records Division;
  • Research, Analysis and Statistics Division.
INTERPOL Kigali in action
12 July 2016

1,500 police in operation targeting crime networks across Eastern and Southern Africa

KENYA/ZIMBABWE - An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting transnational crimes including human, drug and arms trafficking, people smuggling, terrorism, car theft and environmental crime has resulted in nearly 4,500 arrests.To address the wide-ranging yet often interlinked types of crime across the region, some 1,500 officers were deployed...
05 November 2015

INTERPOL General Assembly approves blueprint for Organization’s future

KIGALI, Rwanda - The 84th session of INTERPOL’s General Assembly closed today with delegates endorsing a new road map for the Organization’s future development to better support its 190 member countries in combating transnational crime and terrorism.With the INTERPOL 2020 review of the Organization’s environment, strategy, priorities and activities receiv...
04 November 2015

Rwandan programme to tackle gender-based violence spotlighted at INTERPOL General Assembly

KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwanda’s ‘Isange one stop centre’ model has been highlighted at the INTERPOL General Assembly as an example of best practice for preventing and responding to gender-based violence and child domestic abuse.Launched in July 2009, there are currently 17 Isange - a Kinyarwanda word which means ‘feel at home’ - centres around the country which...
02 November 2015

World’s police chiefs to address global threats at INTERPOL General Assembly in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda – Today’s most pressing cross-border security challenges faced by police worldwide will top the agenda at the 84th INTERPOL General Assembly which has opened in Rwanda.Combating the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, the organized crime networks behind people smuggling and drug trafficking and cybercrime are among key issues at the meeti...
23 October 2015

Fighting pharmaceutical crime focus of INTERPOL training in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda – An INTERPOL training course to educate participants on how to create effective training programmes to combat pharmaceutical crime within their countries has concluded in Uganda.The five-day (19-23 October) session was INTERPOL’s first ‘train-the-trainer’ course held in Africa with a focus on pharmaceutical crime. It brought together 19 p...
24 July 2014

INTERPOL supports renewed campaign to track remaining Rwandan genocide fugitives

KIGALI, Rwanda – On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, a joint campaign of the United Nations, Rwanda, the US and INTERPOL to track down the remaining perpetrators will seek the public’s assistance in locating those responsible for the tragedy.Launched on 24 July in Kigali, Rwanda, the initiative involves the UN Mechanism for International Trib...
11 July 2014

Dangerous fake goods seized in INTERPOL operations across Eastern and Southern Africa

LYON, France – Baby food, cosmetics, televisions, mobile phones and toys were among goods worth USD 5.6 million seized during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting organized crime groups trading fake and illicit products across Eastern and Southern Africa.Operation Wipeout was conducted across seven countries – Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanz...
15 April 2014

Rwandan President Kagame stresses importance of INTERPOL's continued engagement in hunt for genocide fugitives

KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble who are in Kigali for the 6th International expert meeting on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.During the meeting President Kagame discussed the important role played  by INTERPOL in helpi...
14 April 2014

'Closing the Impunity Gap’ focus of INTERPOL genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity meeting in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda – Identifying ways for enhanced cooperation and information exchange to identify and prosecute individuals who continue to evade justice for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, is the focus of a three-day meeting in Kigali.Under the theme ‘Closing the Impunity Gap’, the three day (14 – 16 April) INTERPOL 6th International expe...
30 August 2013

ICTR Prosecutor recognizes INTERPOL for investigative support in apprehending Rwandan genocide fugitives

LYON, France – The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has commended INTERPOL for its ongoing and critical role in the location and apprehension of fugitives wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide.Following the recent release of a manual on ‘The Tracking and Arrest of Fugitives from International Criminal Justice:...
08 August 2013

Human, drugs and arms traffickers targeted in operations across Eastern and Southern Africa

KENYA/ZIMBABWE - An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting a range of cross-border crimes has resulted in the rescue of human trafficking victims, the seizure of drugs, guns and stolen vehicles and the recovery of smuggled goods including ivory and diamonds.Codenamed Usalama – which means ‘safety’ – the operation was led by the Eastern Afr...
10 June 2013

INTERPOL STOP operation targets people smuggling networks in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda – An international police operation carried out at Kigali International Airport by Rwanda national police in co-ordination with INTERPOL has seen the verification of thousands of passports in an effort to target criminal networks and illegal immigrants attempting to use fraudulent documents to enter the country.Co-ordinated by INTERPOL’s Tr...
19 June 2012

INTERPOL’s largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates

LYON, France – INTERPOL’s largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.The three-month long Operation Worthy, which involved 14 countries across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa also r...
14 September 2011

Rwanda becomes 150th member country visited by INTERPOL Secretary General

KIGALI, Rwanda – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble travelled to Rwanda this week in a landmark trip marking a total of 150 member countries visited since he took the helm of the world’s largest police organization.Since his election in 2000, Mr Noble has made it a priority to ensure that the needs of member countries shape the direction of INTERP...
26 August 2010

East Africa’s Operation Mamba III bolsters fight against counterfeit medicines with INTERPOL-IMPACT support

A combined international operation across East Africa targeting counterfeit medical products and pharmaceutical crimes has resulted in the seizure of at least 10 tons of counterfeit and illicit medical products and more than 80 arrests of individuals suspected of involvement in the illegal manufacture, trafficking or sale of counterfeit and diverted medic...
18 May 2010

Illegal ivory and rhino horn trade target of INTERPOL co-ordinated operation across southern Africa

A transnational operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting wildlife crime across southern Africa has resulted in the location and closure of an illegal ivory factory, the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of ivory and rhino horn with a market value of more than one million dollars, as well as the arrest of 41 people.The two-day operation (13-14 May), codename...
09 July 2008

German police arrest Rwandan genocide fugitive subject of INTERPOL Red Notice

A check against INTERPOL’s wanted persons databases by German border police at Frankfurt airport resulted in the arrest of a man wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide.Callixte Mbarushimana is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, issued at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Kig...
28 February 2008

Fourth Rwandan genocide fugitive subject of INTERPOL Red Notice arrested in France

A Rwandan national wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, has been arrested in France.Claver Kamana was arrested by French police in Annecy on Tuesday following close co-operation between the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, the INTERPOL National Central B...
21 February 2008

Tanzanian Police arrest Rwandan genocide fugitive subject of INTERPOL Red Notice

A joint operation between the Tracking Team of the Office of the Prosecutor of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzanian authorities, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Dar es Salaam and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Service has resulted in the arrest of a former Rwandan minister wanted in connection with the 1994 genocide.Calli...
09 January 2008

Close international co-operation between Rwanda, INTERPOL and French police leads to arrest of yet another Rwandan genocide fugitive

A man wanted for crimes against humanity and other serious offences in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, has been arrested by French police.Marcel Bivugabagabo was arrested in Toulouse on Tuesday following close co-operation between the INTERPOL General Secretariat, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Ki...
23 June 2007

INTERPOL co-ordination on three continents leads to capture of Rwandan genocide fugitive

PARIS, France - A Rwandan man wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity has been arrested by French police at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris after intense international co-ordination between law enforcement officials from Rwanda, France, the U.S. and INTERPOL.Isaac Kamali had travelled from France to America in possession of a valid French passp...