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Gulu City LCs Asked to Revive Village Registers to Curb Crime

Anatolie Muleterwa, the Head of Community Policing said that it is time for the LCs to revive the registers to enable them to know the residents in their areas as well as profile them in a bid to weed out the wrong elements.
ACP Muleterwa Anatolie speaking to the LC1s at the Gulu City Health Boardroom -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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Local Council I Chairpersons in Gulu City have been asked to establish village registers to curb crimes ahead of the festive season.

The order was issued by Assistant Commissioner of Police Anatolie Muleterwa, the Head of Community Policing in the wake of terrorism and other crimes.

Muleterwa is currently traversing Acholi Sub –Region and meeting local leaders on fighting crimes under the theme “Strengthening Community –Police relationship for sustainable peace and security”.

According to Muleterwa, many of the LCI Chairpersons established the village registers during the election period when they were soliciting votes. He adds that it is time for them to revive the registers to enable them to know the residents in their areas as well as profile them in a bid to weed out the wrong elements.

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He also appealed to the village chairpersons to encourage vigilance among the community members as well as holding regular security meetings between the local leaders, community, and the police.

In the past years, Gulu has been registering a high number of criminal cases like homicides, animal theft, housebreaking, handbags, and phone snatching, among others, something that inflicts fear among the locals.

Denise Acellam, the LCI of Go-Down Cell in Bardege –Layibi Division says that he has registered all residents in his area and that the register has helped him identify wrong elements who claim to be his residents.

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Acellam however, accused Police of perpetrating corruption. He cites some of the police officers who demand money to effect an arrest of a suspect as well as receiving bribes to have those suspects released without charges.

Jimmy Ocitti, the Chairman of Lukung Cell in Pece –Laroo Division says some of the chairpersons are unable to move in the entire cell to register all the residents due to financial constraints.

Ocitti however, appealed to complainants to always follow up the cases they registered at the police in a bid to have the suspects charged and prosecuted in the courts of law since that is the only ideal solution to fighting crimes.