By John Ogulei
The transfer and placement of the District Police Commanders throughout the country is expected in the next two weeks.
This was revealed by the Police Head of Human Resource and Development Assistant, Inspector General of Police, Goefrey Golooba on Friday last week.
Mr. Golooba made the revelation on Friday evening during the passing out of 173 DPC’S who have been undergoing intensive training in Police (Counter Terrorism) Training School Olilim in Katakwi district.
Training that lasted 12 weeks attracted 173 District Police Commanders with 154 officers being men and 19 females.
While delivering his speech to the DPC’S, Afande Golooba said, the institution of Police will announce the placement and transfer of officers within two weeks in order to enhance service delivery.
He said the transfer or placements are normal and called on all officers to act with immediate effect.
“We shall be announcing your placements or transfers within two weeks of your pass leave. As Police chiefs we have agreed to give you two weeks pass-leave before you get your transfer letters. Those who are lucky will remain,” said AIGP Golooba.
Mr. Golooba also warned the officers against corruption saying the police is going to deal with officers who will be found acting contrary to the Police standard operating procedures/ethics.
“We shall not hesitate to dismiss someone for his/her corrupt tendencies. Corruption is the vice killing our country and I expect you to be clean,” he said.
He also called on the DPC’s to clean up their areas of operations arguing that violation of human rights must stop and any officer who is found violating the rights of Ugandan citizens must be arrested and charged.
“Make sure that no one is beaten but rather use reasonable force. All suspects must be produced in court within the 48 mandatory hours. The force shall also act on Officers who mismanage civil matters,” he added.
The Police chief also warned the officers against Laxity in handling assignments, slow response to emergencies, and poor customer care among others.
“If you can’t be with us then leave the force. Any errant officer shall be dealt with according to the laws,” he added.
The police director of operations, AIGP Edward Ochom who was also present during the pass out, urged the officers to minimize cases of crime noting that in some cases police are to be blamed for their Laxity on averting crime.
“You must go have good relationship with the public. I urge you to go and confront the challenges in the field. Be aware that the community we are dealing with isn’t the community of 1980’s, these people are informed, so go relate with them,” he challenged.
He was also quick to announce that, the officers next deployment will be guided by their performance in school and revealed that after two weeks, the officers will be informed of their next deployments.
SP Kihamba Joseph who represented the DPC’S pledged to work closely with the public in reducing crime.
Rt. Sgt. John Elakat the area LCI for Osemwa village called on the police to deploy heavily in the border between Teso and Karamoja saying that the Karamojong rustlers have continued to raid Iteso there cattle.
He also asked the police to put in place stringent laws against the idlers arguing that if not well handled may cause insecurity in the country.
“Most idle youth now dream to be Presidents of this country and this one is a source of insecurity. Their role model is Bobi Wine,” Elakat said.