KAMPALA, The Uganda Police Force (UPF) requires about 60,000 more personnel to execute its mandate effectively, says Inspector-General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura.

The shortage is more than half of the current strength of the force in the country which stands at 44,600. The number, however, also falls short of the United Nations-recommended ratio for one police officer guarding 500 people (1:500), he said when opening a new community-funded police post in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb, recently.

Kayihura cautioned residents to stop building police posts saying it will cause a problem in the force. If every zone and village builds a police post; we will have a problem because we do not have enough human resource. This will force us to split the little in place, leading to insecurity, he warned.

Kayihura said the Police needed 100,000 personnel to effectively execute its mandate of providing security to Ugandans and their property. We are few and the demands are high with the increasing population. Instead of setting up new police posts to stretch the few personnel in place; we should consider buying more vehicles and motorcycles for the force to be mobile, he advised.


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