Police Council Elevates Departments to Directorates

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At its 21st Police Council meeting held over the weekend, the force resolved to elevate the departments of Legal Affairs, Traffic and Road Safety, Medical Services, Fire Brigade and Forensic Services.

The Uganda Police Force has resolved to elevate five of its departments to Directorates.
 
At its 21st Police Council meeting held over the weekend, the force resolved to elevate the departments of Legal Affairs, Traffic and Road Safety, Medical Services, Fire Brigade and Forensic Services.

The two-day meeting took place at the Naguru forensic offices.

Lt. Gen Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police says the concept is before the public service for guidance and approval.

The council also resolved to rename the department of Electoral Offences to Elections Police Unit. This is intended to make the unit more independent with reasonable mandate to handle all election related issues.

These include developing a security plan and standard operations procedures for election officers. It also involves initiating election exercises and rehearsals to prepare officers on how to handle elections and introduce best practices of securing elections.

It was also resolved that the department of Child and Family Protection Unit be upgraded to a directorate of Gender Based Violence. This directorate will be given more authority to take on the responsibility of following up sexual offences, gender based violence and child protection.

Kayihura reveals that the council approved a police reserve force which is to be made up of retired officers so as to take advantage of their expertise and to allow the retiring officers retain their ranks.

Every police post at a sub county level shall be elevated to a station in rural setting and for Kampala and urban settings every Parish Police Post will become a police station. Those at Sub County level will be elevated to division level.

The meeting also resolved that the Bujagali land that was offered to Police be used for building a university. A committee head by Andrew Kaweesi, the Kampala Metropolitan Commander, has been tasked to pursue the modalities of establishing a Police university.

The council also resolved that every Friday of the week is a mass sports day in the Force where every officer will be involved in one or two sports disciplines including jogging as a way of building bondages with community. This is included in the physical fitness training and standard policy.