Uganda police last week passed out 1,200 crime preventers, ahead of celebrations to mark 100 years of the force’s existence.
The state minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Ronald Kibuule, who presided at Kyampisi police station in Mukono, asked the police to consider these graduands first whenever there is recruitment. The minister also urged the graduands, who completed six months of training, to help fight against the sale of drugs by medical personnel in government health facilities.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the police director of operations, tasked the graduands to use their newly-acquired skills to transform their communities by fighting crime. This was echoed by Siraje Bakaleke, the regional police commander of Kampala Metropolitan East, who, however, had a message for opposition politicians.
“These people will be used to fight Besigye’s and Nambooze’s rioters. Journalists, we want you to go and tell them that these trained people will go and fight whoever riots,” Bakaleke said.
But Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye tempered expectations, saying the volunteers would only help the force to detect crime in their communities.
“These people are not paid and they own their businesses, but chose to protect their communities and their property. They are basically volunteers who will be linking the police and the communities,” Namaye said.
Meanwhile, Kaweesi commissioned a ‘professionals’ police post at St Joseph’s SS Naggalama on Friday, with a warning to officers to live by example. The project, started by professionals under community policing, was funded by heads of institutions such as schools, hospitals, and churches in the area.
“I don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry to work here. I want only professional people in police, because only educated people can understand concerns of the community better,” Kaweesi said.
Source : The Observer