The Uganda Police Force is set to recruit 6000 police officers at the rank of constables, the Nile Post has
The recruitment exercise by the force is to start next month and will help deal with the challenge of human resource that was faced in the year 2018.
“One month from now we are to recruit 6000 police constables after realization that we need personnel growth and development,” the Police Commissar AIGP Asan Kasingye told the Nile Post in an interview.
He explained that the force has had a number of challenges stemming from lack of enough man power for the force.
Despite boasting of having roughly 48000 personnel, a headcount carried out recently unearthed that there over 8000 ghosts in the force.
On many occasions, the police management has cried out for more funding to be able to recruit more officers so as to combat the ever increasing crime rates all over the country.
The police force has in the past been accused of not being professional in the manner they carry out their duties especially in handling situations like riots.
However, AIGP Kasingye told this website that they are going to continue taking officers especially commanders for refresher courses as part of their efforts to professionalize the force.
“Throughout this year, we have taken our officers especially in command positions at districts and regions (DPCs and RPCs) to Bwebajja(Police Senior Command and Staff College) where we have been able to train them in leadership and command.”
He explained that the purpose of the courses is to equip officers with knowledge is handling the command responsibilities and staff functions.
“You must know that despite being a commander, you can also be an administrator,”Kasingye said.
He added that next year they will continue training the most important ranks that are responsible for delivery of most services in the force who are the Non Commissioned Officers.
These said are at the ranks of sergeant, station sergeant, head-constables and head constable majors.
“There are also officers who were promoted without the requisite training and these must go for the trainings. The sergeants for two months whereas the corporals for three months.”
According to Kasingye, the police is going to have advanced courses for officers at the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police.
The police force has for many years seen its image under the spot due to a number of actions by its officers that have dragged its name in the mud.
However, since his appointment as the Inspector General of Police in March, Martin Okoth Ochola has made a number of changes in the force aimed at professionalizing it and also redeem its name in the public eye.