Police Deploys 3,000 FFU Officers For Elections

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In short
The deployment of the police officers followed a resolution by the Inter-Agency Security committee to have operational police on the ground ahead of elections.

3,000 police officers from the Field Force Unit (FFU) reserve have been deployed in the different districts ahead of party primaries and 2016 general elections.

The deployment at the beginning of last week had initially targeted the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary elections that were postponed.

In some districts like Mbarara, 80 police officers were deployed to increase on its operational capacity while in other areas where less violence is anticipated, about 40 officers were deployed. The police spokesperson, Fred Enanga says security has been heightened in all areas hence the deployment of officers from the FFU headquarters in Naguru.

The policemen who will now remain deployed in the specific areas until the completion of the 2016 election will help the districts police manpower secure all electoral activities including consultative meetings, primaries, campaigns and the elections.

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While the extra manpower in the district has been viewed as a sign that the districts and regions have been operating without adequate manpower, police insists that it is the fear of electoral and political violence that is getting them to act.

The deployment of the policemen followed a resolution by the Inter-Agency Security committee to have operational police on the ground in advance in the master security coordination plan.

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The Field Force police Unit which dresses in blue camouflage uniform is the operational wing of the police force with special training in anti-riot, public demonstration and rescue.

As part of their specialized training is the use of various anti-riot weapons and equipment including tear gas, sound and gas grenades, stun guns, flashlights, dispersing rioters, among others.
 
The Field Force unit is commanded by ACP Fadhil Kaali, and is kept on standby to react to any field emergency. 

 

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