The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has said that plans are under way for Uganda police officers to benefit from the services of world’s best; counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organizations- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Scotland Yard
While passing out ceremony of 58 police officers who had finished a four months Intermediate Command and Staff Course at the police training school in Bwebajja, Wakiso District, Kayihura said that Police is planning to hire ex-servicemen from FBI and Scotland Yard to train over 4,000 Uganda Police Criminal Investigation and Crime Intelligence officers.
The FBI is a leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization while Scotland Yard is the territorial police force responsible for policing most of London.
According to Kayihura, Uganda’s crime challenges continue to change, and thus, the need to for police investigators and crime officers to acquire and develop new expertise.
“To meet these challenges and to face future threats, there is need to equip officers with the right skills, capabilities and to ensure even more innovativeness in the recruitment system,” he said.
While opening the Crime Intelligence course for Police Officers at Imperial Golf View Hotel, Entebbe, recently, Kayihura said Uganda would soon get rid of crime.
“The stage we have reached in Uganda is very critical – the point of takeoff to have a crime free society. It’s possible to have a crime free society,” Kayihura said.
Kayihura revealed that Crime intelligence is very critical especially in our concept of community policing of crime prevention; to be able to detect crime before it happens, intercept drugs so that they don’t reach in our communities and if they happen to we are able to detect.
The Police Chief recently accused saboteurs of exaggerating the problems in Uganda Police
The IGP says that though the Police Force has some wrong elements within its ranks, those criticizing it are not clean either. Kayihura believes Police should not be judged in isolation from the society in which they operate.