By Charles Kakamwa
KAMPALA, Dec 29 — Uganda’s Assistant Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Andrew Kaweesi, says the force targets to increase its numbers from the current 40,000 to 65,000 personnel to effectively execute its work.
Kaweesi, who is also the Director of Police Operations, said here Sunday that the Uganda Police needed more personnel given the current population, which is more than 34 million, according to the recent national population and housing census figures.
“We still have a shortage but the situation has improved and will get better with time,” he said, adding that an additional 4,000 police trainees were expected to boost the numbers upon completion of their course next month.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs on Monday placed advertisements in the media announcing the recruitment of police cadet officers and constables in January 2015.
Speaking during a visit to the Njeru Division Police in Buikwe District last week, Kaweesi noted that the 65,000 officers would bring the police-to-population ratio to one policeman for every 523 people. “This will greatly improve the nature of policing in the country,” he said.
Kaweesi stressed that the police was moving away from the colonial model to the modern system of community policing. He commended residents for partnering with the police to fight crime.
SOURCE: NEW VISION