The police Professional Standards Unit – PSU has decried the increasing level of general indiscipline among
police officers in West Nile.
Records indicate a rise in complaints against police officers from 17 in 2018 to 26 in
2019. Most of the cases are from the districts of Arua, Zombo, Koboko, and Adjumani.
involves among other things; extortion, neglect of duty, detaining suspects beyond the mandatory hours, arrogance, use of abusive language and absenteeism by the officers
from duty among other things.
Evans Vuata, the head PSU
West Nile region says that although many complaints have been registered against police
officers, several others have remained unreported because many people fear to
According to Vuata,
challenges of not getting timely information, understaffing, failure by senior police officers to apprehend indisciplined officers, among other things, still hinders their
effective performance in instilling good discipline.
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However, according to
Thomas Otim, an Investigative Officer attached to PSU West Nile, preventive measures
including impromptu visits to individual police offices, detention cells
monitoring individual police officer’s conduct and periodic assessment of all
officers have been employed to enforce discipline among police officers in the
Last year the West
Nile PSU registered 49 complaints against police officers of which 26
directly relate to misconduct. 31 of these cases have been concluded, while 18
cases are pending inquiries.