Kaweesi warns police against rush arrests

Masaka- The director of police operations, Mr Felix Kaweesi, has warned police officers against conducting premature arrests.

He made the warning while meeting police officers in Masaka District at the weekend.

According to Mr Kaweesi, the meeting was aimed at rectifying issues that are not being conducted well in the Uganda Police Force.

He says in most cases, police officers carry out early arrests before making investigations into reported cases. “It leads to congestion in police cells and it is not right since feeding the suspects costs money,” Mr Kaweesi said.

He also warned officers against demanding money before granting suspects police bond, citing an example of Jinja Road Police Station where a suspect was one time released to go back home to sell his property to bring money for police bond which, he said, is unlawful.

The Southern region police commander, Mr Maxwell Ogwal, told Mr Kaweesi about lack of police uniforms, insufficient manpower in the region and poor housing conditions for police officers.

Mr Ogwal said the single ambulance in the region has made their work a big challenge especially with regard to handling accident victim emergencies.
Mr Kaweesi also said case management and handling of exhibits is a key factor in the police which must be addressed adding that several cases have been lost because of poor management of investigations and handling exhibits.

He also told police officers to desist from charging money from theft victims to use police sniffer dogs.


SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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