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4,800 Police Recruits Complete One Year Course

The Chief Political Commissar -CPC of Uganda Police AIGP Asan Kasingye has been visiting different policing regions where he was informed that several districts had a dismal number of police personnel. Some of the districts such as Agago, Bukwo, Buyende, Bududa, Manafwa had less than 70 police officers.
Police recruits during pass out


The police force will tomorrow pass out more than 4,800 recruits who have completed a one-year training at Kabalye Police Training School, in Masindi district. 

Although they started when they were 5000, at least 220 of them were discontinued after it was established that they had falsified their academic documents.

The Inspector General of Police, Martin Ochola, ordered for verifications of trainees’ documents when they were into their fourth month of training. At the end of the verification exercise, 182 trainees were discovered to have less than 4 credits and many had failed English which was one of the key requirements.

For one to qualify, he or she needed a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with a credit in English and a pass in Mathematics. In addition, recruits were supposed to be aged 18 to 22 years with no criminal record.

But police leadership realised that some of the recruits had forged academic documents while others had been recruited on documents of their relatives or their lookalikes friends.

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, explained that 38 other recruits were dismissed because they had medical conditions that could not meet the inherent requirements of the training and the subsequent operational policing roles in the field.

Police’s line ministry of Internal Affairs, puts the total number of personnel to 47,775. The passing out of more 4800 recruits will boost the numbers to 52,575. Most of the Probation Police Constables -PPC and Learner Assistant Inspectors of Police -LAIP passed out in August last year were deployed in Kampala metropolitan area since the country was gearing for 2021 general elections.

The Chief Political Commissar -CPC AIGP Asan Kasingye, has been visiting different policing regions where he was informed that several districts had a dismal number of police personnel. Some of the districts such as Agago, Bukwo, Buyende, Bududa, Manafwa had less than 70 police officers.

It is reported that Policy Advisory Committee -PAC resolved to prioritize district with fewer personnel during the deployment of the new PPCs. The increase in number of total police personnel will also reduce policing ratios from nearly 1,000 to 870 (1:874) even though it will be short of UN stand of 1:500.

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