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Scene of Crime Officers in Bugisu Region Struggling to Work

Our reporter saw Scene of Crime Officers visiting a crime scene dressed casually. Suwed Manshur, the Elgon Region Spokesperson, confirms the challenge, saying transport is a general problem in the force.

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The absence of transport and working implements is affecting the work of Scene of Crime Officers in Bugisu Region. Scene of Crime Officers are trained police officers who visit crime scenes to collect exhibits and evidence to help police investigations in a particular crime.

The officers are expected to cordon off the crime scene urgently and collect evidence before it is tampered with.  However, Scene of Crime Officers in Bugisu Region are unable to execute their mandate efficiently due to lack of transport. 

They rely on general transport means available at their workstations, which are sometimes unavailable because of other duties. One of the officers told URN on condition of anonymity that they often arrive at the scene of crime two or three hours or even a day after because of lack of transport and fuel, which prompts them sometimes to ask complainants for fuel. 

In addition to lack of transport, the officers also lack some of the requirements like protective gears like gloves, masks and cameras.  Mbale Central Police has a single camera, which forces the officers to hire cameras at Shillings 5000 or resort to their phone cameras to capture photos and video.

Our reporter saw Scene of Crime Officers visiting a crime scene dressed casually. Suwed Manshur, the Elgon Region Spokesperson, confirms the challenge, saying transport is a general problem in the force.

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