Police detectives have
resolved to wear the general police uniform, saying they don’t have money to
buy plain clothes. This is one of the resolutions arrived at during the five
day retreat for Regional, District and Division commanders
Criminal Investigations Commanders-CID at the Criminal Investigations
Directorate (CID) in Kibuli, Kampala.
Advisory Committee (PAC) Secretary, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP),
Richard Lutalo, says the detectives unanimously resolved to wear police
uniforms much as the nature of their work calls for plain clothes. According to Lutalo, the detectives noted that
they have for long been demanding for money to buy civilian clothes in vain.
Police detectives, world over use plain clothes so as to mingle easily in the
public so as to gather information without easy detection. The detectives numbering 348 from the
ranks of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) to Senior Commissioners,
noted that the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has repeatedly
asked them to appear smart yet they can’t afford nice clothes.
The detectives reportedly argued that to meet the standards of smartness their top leadership would
wish them to have is very expensive. They therefore resolved to wear police
uniforms whether in office or during investigations until the police leadership
avails them money for purchasing clothes.
To prove their determination, the CID commanders dressed in
Khaki uniform throughout the retreat and vowed to continue with the same dress
code even when they return to their respective work stations. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Major Gen Muzeyi
Sabiiti, who presided over the closure of the retreat, said he was happy with the
resolution of the CID commanders.
He said police officers should always be
smart regardless of their positions and ranks. Sabiiti added that it is appropriate for CID officers to wear
uniforms until funds for plain clothes are availed other than appear in a way
that undermines the police image.
Among the 12 orders, IGP Ochola
issued on the day he took over police leadership in March last year, was
banning indecent dressing and shabby appearances by officers. Sabiiti also castigated CID commanders who spend a lot of
time on things that neither add them value nor the police force.
commanders to keep records of officers at their respective stations that will be
used as a basis of promoting junior officers who have exhibited commitment to
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.