KABALYE, MASINDI: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces on Friday passed out a total of 4,809 police officers at the Police Training School- Kabalye in Masindi.
The pass out ceremony took place at the Police Training School-Kabalye, Kijunjubi Sub-county in Masindi District.
On arrival at the training School, President Museveni was received by the Commandant of Police Training School, Kabalye ACP Ziwedde Abubaker who briefed him about the courses conducted that included learner Assistant Inspectors of Police (L/AIP) and Probationary Police Constables (PPCs) course respectively.
He was later taken through both theory and practical demonstrations that included a terrain model, public order management model and range exercise among others.
It is now my pleasure to pass out the 485 Assistant Inspectors of Police and the 4324 Police Constables Gen. Museveni announced amidst jubilations from the graduates.
Speaking shortly after the pass out, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni congratulated the graduates upon finishing the course and joining the Uganda Police Force.
The President revealed that in 1986, the police force had diminished in numbers but that after re-organizing it, it has now grown from only 3,000 officers to 46,000 personnel.
The police population ration is now 800 to 1 but our target is to have 500 to 1. The police is now 46,000 personnel from 3,000 in 1986. This is a big movement in the right direction,” he said.
Mr. Museveni said that right from the beginning, their aim was not only the numbers but also the quality of the police force, which explains the trainings, and qualification requirements of the personnel they recruit.
“In 1979 after we took out Idd Amin, we recruited university graduates deliberately in the police. We said qualification must be part of the requirements. How are you going to write a statement from the criminal if you cant read or write?” he said.
The other element of quality the president said, is training which the graduates had just gone through.
We said we must insist on the issue of quality, thats why you are all educated and have trained,” he said.
According to the doctrine and ideology of the National Resistance Movement party (NRM), the president said Uganda Police Force should be a pro-people force, which is there to defend and uphold the dignity of Uganda.
Your methods should reflect that. When you are beating people, then you are not a pro-people force,” he said.
President Museveni said that the police must be well trained in the use of arms and other means like martial arts and adds that such capabilities should be used according to standing order of the force.
You the police should be firm in self-defense and use enough or reasonable force to subdue the criminal. After subduing, you should not again continue to beat them. Your job is to arrest, get evidence and take to court. Its somebody elses responsibility to prosecute not you, he cautioned.
The President warned the police against shouting at people but should instead treat them with respect.
Dont be rude to people, dont beat somebody who has already been arrested. Thats what I mean by a pro-people force,” he said.
The other weakness in police, the President said is corruption. He revealed that many police officers have been taking bribes especially the traffic police whom he referred to as The white angles. He cautioned them not to try to get rich quickly by taking bribes and warned them against soiling the image of the police.
There is no need for you to spoil the image of police.
Dont become bad mathematicians; dont try to get rich quickly by taking bribes. You can do very well by being honest,” he cautioned.
When dealing with crime, the president said police should be very serious and thats the only way they will win the confidence of the people by being masters of crime prevention and good managers.
We have played our part by purchasing security cameras to make your work easy. Please use them seriously to cab crime in society. We shall give you all the necessary support you need,” he said.
The President promised to negotiate with squatters on the schools land together with the local chairperson so that they are compensated and leave the training school to utilize their land fully.
The State Minister of Internal affairs Hon. Mario Obiga Kania who congratulated the President for the wise leadership during this Covid-19 pandemic season said the passing out of 4,809 officers will reduce the ratio of policing to 1 by 800 from 1 by 900 and revealed that they are aiming at 1 by 500.
Since you deployed us, you have given us all the necessary support and the results are the recruits we are passing out today, Hon Obiga said.
He advised the graduates to practice professionalism and work with dedication because thats what they expect from them.
The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola who congratulated the graduates upon successfully completing the course said that the Presidents endless support and guidance is a strong testimony to building a strong Uganda Police Force.
He told the graduates that policing is a rewarding career but for only the officers who are patient, focused.
You have joined a noble career. Please be disciplined, patient, and focused. The country has invested in you a lot, so please do your work diligently and keep safe, IGP Ochola said.
The Commandant of Police Training School-Kibalye ACP Ziwedde Abubaker revealed that among the 485 trained Assistant Inspectors of police, 70 are female, while among the 4324 trained constables, 1058 are female which explains the gender balance in the police force.
ACP Ziwedde said they have trained professionals in ICT, Forensics, medical and IOV aiming at acquainting them with basic skills and knowledge for general policing, command and management.
At the apex of the ceremony, the best students were awarded prizes.
The overall best student prize went to Learner AIP Oulanya Albert while the best student in academics award went to Learner AIP Kinyara Bosco.
The other winners included AIP Musala Moses best in field activities, AIP Asinguza Justus best in leadership, AIP Makeba Miriam, AIP Katasi Bosco among others.
This was the 21st Police intake and the training took 10 months.