The Kampala Metropolitan Police has announced that operations to rid the city of criminals have begun in preparation for the holiday season.
According to police, this is to ensure community security and safety as many people begin shopping and planning trips ahead of Christmas.
In a statement, police said that intelligence led operations begun from Kira Road Police Division , Jinja Road and Kajjansi Police Stations.
For instance, in Balintumwa zone, Kiwatule parish, Nakawa division in Kampala district, an operation led by Kira road Police officers resulted in the arrest of several criminal suspects. The operation targeted criminal activity, including drug-related offences, along the Northern Bypass.
A total of nine suspects were arrested and numerous exhibits were seized during the operation, underscoring the commitment to maintaining a safe environment for citizens.
Similarly, a separate intelligence-led operation was carried out in Kajjansi Wakiso district by the the officer in charge of operations. This operation was in response to concerns raised by the public regarding an increase in burglary and theft in areas including Nakigalala Kifene, Lweza A and B, Kawotto B, and Makandwa - Kijapan.
The operation also resulted in the arrest of 35 suspects believed to be involved in the said criminal activities.
Additionally, an operation aimed at ensuring a crime-free festive season was conducted in the Banda Kasenyi area, leading to the arrest of 14 suspects on charges of simple robbery.
Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson said that police will continue to actively combat criminal activities and maintain a high level of vigilance to protect Kampala communities.
“As we approach the festive season, we encourage all residents to remain vigilant and work closely with law enforcement to ensure a peaceful and secure environment,” he said.