609 Officers Graduate In Basic Security Management
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig. Sabiiti Muzeyi has warned policemen to take their health seriously.
“Endeavor to remain healthy so as to serve longer and look after your families,” he told officers who last week completed a two months basic security management course at Kigo Marine Base in Wakiso.
“There is a very serious problem of Hepatitis B, it has a vaccine so it’s important that commanders make sure that people are checked and immunized. HIV/Aids is still a threat and it kills and demobilizes. If you have it, don’t go and lock yourself in the house,” warned DIGP Sabiiti.
The Kigo event was the first assignment for the new DIGP, who represented the Inspector General Okoth Ochola at the passing out of 609 police officers on Saturday. The officers from the rank of Police Constable to Assistant Superintendent of Police were drawn from the Kampala Metropolitan police and 32 from the Greater Masaka area.
The course was derived from the police council meeting which requires all police directorates, units, and regions to conduct regular internal capacity building programs for the personnel.
“I intently observed what you have been able to achieve in a mere period of two months and I must tell you, I am very happy,” said DIGP Sabiiti.
He pledged total support for the program as a way of professionalizing the Uganda Police Force. Sabiiti explained how military tactics can be useful to the police officers.
He also advised the trainees to go and apply all the skills and knowledge acquired for the benefit of the communities that they serve. He thanked the officers for what he called “a beautiful welcome” to the police.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander (KMP), CP. Frank Mwesigwa noted that the course came up as a result of training needs assessment which was conducted after testing the field. Over 1000 have been trained in among other things to address operational mistakes that have been done in the field for a long time like the way officers handle weapons, shooting people mistakenly and the dress code among others.
The officers were trained in weapon handling, martial arts, self defense, and Public Order Management.