New study shows decline in police professionalism

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New study shows decline in police professionalism
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A recent report released by the Afro-barometer has shed light on concerning trends regarding the professionalism of the Uganda Police Force, indicating a decline in standards.

The report, which ranks the Police at 42% in terms of professionalism, has sparked debate, with Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Tumusiime Katsigazi, contesting the findings.

Data collected from 39 African countries between late 2021 and mid-2023 reveal widespread issues of misconduct, criminal behavior, brutality, and corruption within Police forces across the continent.

Uganda's spotlight on police brutality and impunity during the general elections in late 2021 brought international attention to the challenges faced by law enforcement in the country.

According to the Afro-barometer report, only one-third of Africans believe their police operate professionally and respect citizens' rights.

The majority of respondents noted instances of excessive force used by law enforcement officers against protesters and suspected criminals, contributing to Uganda's Police force being ranked at 42%.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Tumusiime Katsigazi, acknowledged the findings but emphasized that many citizens found it easy to obtain police assistance.

However, concerns persist regarding the prevalence of bribery within the Police force and its impact on public perception.

Despite favorable ratings for crime reduction efforts by the government, the Uganda Police continue to be perceived as corrupt and unprofessional by the public.

Maj. Gen. Katsigazi expressed optimism that with adequate support, the Police force could improve its performance and regain public trust.

Addressing issues of misconduct, corruption, and excessive use of force will be crucial in restoring professionalism and enhancing public trust in law enforcement agencies

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