In the past, the qualification was strictly Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), however, this year’s recruitment will see even those holding a Uganda Certificate of Education UCE) or its equivalent join the Uganda Police Force (UPF).
The police have lowered the entry qualification for Police
In the past, the qualification was strictly Uganda Advanced
Certificate of Education (UACE), however, this year’s recruitment will see even
those holding a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent join the
Uganda Police Force (UPF).
The police just like Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), recruited people
basing on their moral record, physical and health ability.
However, after the Justice Julia Sebutinde investigation of Police in 1998 and
2000 recommendations, qualification for Police Constables was increased from S4
to S6 certificate.
The argument was that a S6 graduate is able to read and interpret
All Police Constables recruited from 2000 up to 2015 had a UACE or its
equivalent on top of their physical and health ability.
However, the forthcoming recruitment of 4,500 Constables and 500 Assistant Inspectors
of Police (AIPs), the qualifications have been relaxed to S4 certificate and a
Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye, says even those who possess documents
that are equivalent to UCE but certified or proven by Uganda National
Examination Board (Uneb) will also be admitted into the police force.
A junior Police trainee is referred to as a Probation Police Constable (PPC)
until he or she is assessed and confirmed as a Constable in six months’ period
after being passed out.
Namaye explains that Police have lowered this year’s Constable Qualification because
there are many youths possessing such certificates but have been rendered
useless as they cannot be used to acquire jobs.
In addition, Namaye says police have also realized that Constables recruited at
S4 can also do a good job just like their S6 counterparts or even better. There
are also reports that government has ordered police to lower Constable
requirements to S4 certificate because of the rampant unemployment rate that
has seen several youths engage in criminality.
Crime reports indicate more than 75 percent of suspects arrested over crimes
such as thefts, burglary, robberies and murders are aged between 18 to 35
years. Most of these suspects were able to write statements very well in
English and their mother tongue because of certain level of education they
possess which is S4 or S6.
Thus lowering Constable qualification is believed it would reduce crime rate as
idle youths are able to acquire jobs. Several youth were turned down during the
recent Local Defence Unit (LDUs) for possessing S4 and S6 certificate yet they
needed people with PLE certificates.
AIPs are required to have a Diploma in academic fields among others Medicine,
Civil Engineering, Information, Communication Technology (ICT) and Electrical
Constables must have five credits including English and Math. Both Constables
and AIPs will undergo 12-month training.
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.